“Support the Women” is one in every of the sneakiest bait-and-switches at the films this yr. You come for the cheeky title and keep for the related, empathetic story about working-class ladies.
That’s a feat, contemplating it’s set at a Hooters-like restaurant on a Texas freeway, the place buxom waitresses in skimpy outfits serve burgers and beer; the type of place Hollywood likes to mock. I used to be anticipating a sit-com-y, stereotype-packed yuk fest.
As an alternative of ribbing the institution, nonetheless, director Andrew Bujalski’s charmingly humorous movie treats it as a authentic enterprise stuffed with good, entertaining individuals simply making an attempt to scrape by.
The women of the restaurant, which is named Double Whammies, are in a position to survive due to their supervisor Lisa, performed by Regina Corridor as a heat pillar of ethical authority. Lisa has a zero-tolerance coverage for impolite or belligerent clients, retains the enterprise from spiraling right into a strip membership and reveals sincere concern for her women’ house lives, too. She’s the good boss in a less-than-perfect state of affairs.
The film takes place on her worst day ever. That’s when Double Whammies’ jerk proprietor is on the verge of snapping as a result of a competitor — a Buffalo Wild Wings-esque sports activities bar — is about to open close by. Lisa’s marriage is on the rocks and a robber has tried to open the restaurant’s protected. Oh, and the TVs aren’t engaged on the evening of a giant boxing match. The poor lady is as fried as her mozzarella sticks.
However, as the outstanding Corridor’s character in “Women Journey” did when her relationship started to crumble, Lisa places on a courageous face.
The opposite actresses are very plausible bartenders and servers, in some cases firming down their pure star wattage to mix in the with wood-paneled environment. As an example, Shayna McHayle, who performs a waitress named Danyelle, is healthier recognized for her work as a rapper.
Earlier than you determine that “Support the Women” should be a Richard Linklater-like deep dive into Center America’s quiet desperation, know that the film has lots of laughs. A brand new-employee-training scene is especially pleasant. The pathos is a bonus.