There are plenty of workplace comedies that revolve around offices, suits, meetings, lunches, and high-rise buildings. Less common is the workplace comedy about the service industry, where the hours are long, the customers are mean, and the pay is menial. Support the Girls, a dramedy written and directed by Andrew Bujalski, is a funny, sweet, and honest story about a Hooters-esque restaurant and the women who keep it afloat, or don’t.
Lisa (Regina Hall) is the general manager of Double Whammies, a sports bar and restaurant where the waiters are all tiny women in tiny outfits, and the customers are the kind of men you would not want to hit on you. Extra bubbly blonde Maci (Haley Lu Richardson) helps keep things in check along with fed-up Danyelle (Shayna McHayle aka indie rapper Junglepussy).
Lisa’s day starts with a distressed employee crashing on her couch and only gets worse from there, including a burglar trapped in the restaurant’s vent, new hires, a car-wash fundraiser, along with the job’s usual turmoil. Taking place mostly over one day, the movie follows Lisa’s perpetual drive to solve problems as calmly and efficiently as possible, until she can't take it anymore.
The story manages to be generous and warm, despite the chaos. Hall carries the movie with a sunny disposition, but maintains the bite needed to both mock and appreciate these outdatedly horny establishments. But the eclectic supporting cast shines as well, creating the kind of chemistry found only between coworkers.
It's a real and heartwarming movie that's especially great if you've ever been too attached to a workplace, even if it didn't treat you well.
Support the Girls is now streaming on Hulu.