Regina Hall Stars in “Support the Girls”

Regina Hall (“Girls Trip”) shines in her first starring role as the manager of the “sports bar with curves.” Lisa’s totally relatable as she struggles to maintain a positive attitude through all of the day’s challenges. The diverse cast of women who service the mostly male clientele of Double Whammies are uniformly good and defy familiar stereotypes. Haley Lu Richardson (“The Edge of Seventeen”) stands out with her very energetic performance as one of the waitresses.

support-the-girls-castThe general manager of a sports bar has a particularly stressful day.

CAST: Regina Hall (Lisa), Haley Lu Richardson (Maci), Shayna McHale (Danielle), James Le Gros (Cubby), Lawrence Varnado (Cameron)

Even before her day started as the manager of Double Whammies, a highway-side sports bar featuring curvaceous young women, Lisa (Regina Hall) has had a trying time. She already faces challenges at home with her marriage on the rocks among other issues. At work, Lisa must deal with one crisis after another as she prepares for a busy night. If that wasn’t enough, the cable is on the fritz. A big boxing match is being broadcast that evening, so if she can’t get the cable back on, it will severely impact the bar’s bottom line
Lisa tries to maintain a positive attitude through all of this, but Cubby (James Le Gros), her demanding boss, doesn’t make things easy for her. Also dealing with a group of twentysomething women with issues of their own doesn’t help.

Regina Hall (“Girls Trip”) shines in her first starring role as the manager of the “sports bar with curves.” Lisa’s totally identifiable as a woman who struggles to maintain a positive attitude through all of the day’s challenges. The diverse cast of women who service the mostly male clientele of Double Whammies are uniformly good and defy familiar stereotypes. Haley Lu Richardson (“The Edge of Seventeen”) stands out with her very energetic performance as one of the waitresses.

The film is essentially a comedy, but it’s a gentler sort than most mainstream Hollywood films which are often outrageous for outrageous sake. “Support the Girl” has its share of laughs, but may not generate as many belly laughs as the typical Hollywood comedy. The film also has its share of dramatic moments.

The film was written and directed by Andrew Bujalski (“Results”) , one of the leading figures of the “mumblecore” movement. For those unfamiliar with the style, expect a film heavy on dialog, but light on plot. This might test the patience of some audiences who are used to a more conventional structure. However, adventurous filmgoers will appreciate the film’s freshness, unpredictability, and lived-in quality.

“Support the Girls” was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures, a company known primarily for documentaries such as “RBG,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” and “Marley.” The film is Rated R and is currently available on demand.

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