Support the Girls Movie Review
The good thing about having a newborn baby is you have plenty of opportunity to watch movies. The bad thing about having a newborn baby is that you sometimes end up watching movies at 3am and then have to write a review about them.
Early one morning, more early than any human should be awake, there I sat in bed, a milk-drunk baby staring at me through half-opened eyes, a bubble in the corner of her lips, crusted milk drying against my chest from the projectile spit-up issued minutes earlier, watching Support the Girls on my iPad. The movie, starring Regina Hall, is about a manager at a Hooters-style restaurant whose optimism is tried from every direction over the course of a single day. Haley Lu Richardson also stars as one of the “girls.”
Support the Girls is a nice little drama-comedy (IMDB refers to it as a comedy, even though it isn’t funny) that largely holds your attention and then slips from your memory as soon as the end credits roll.
And I’m not just saying that because I watched the movie at 3am.
At least I’m pretty sure.
Regina Hall is great in the starring role, even if talk of award recognition is overblown. She immerses herself in the role, a strong-willed individual who cares for and looks out for her big-breasted, scantily clad staff, offering a mature voice among “girls.”
The movie itself is just fine, moderately entertaining as Hall’s character navigates the day’s varying events. The supporting cast, notably Haley Lu Richardson who continues to prove that she’ll take on any role no matter how against-type, is filled with colorful characters who do colorful things. Support the Girls works as a “day in the life” kind of film, but a comedy without laughs and a drama that is light on drama simply doesn’t have much staying power.
Maybe I’d be singing a different tune had I not watched the movie at 3am, but I doubt it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.