‘Bottoms’ Is Like ‘Fight Club’ Meets ‘Heathers’—& It’s Already Being Called an Instant Classic

PureWow editors select every item that appears on this page, and the company may earn compensation through affiliate links within the story. All prices are accurate upon date of publish. You can learn more about the affiliate process here.

Have you ever watched the movie Fight Club and thought: Wow, this would be really good if they replaced the whole cast with a group of high school girls? No? Well, that's basically the plot of the wild new teen comedy, Bottoms, which follows two high school seniors who set up a “fight club” in an effort to hook up with cheerleaders they've been crushing on for quite some time. Check out the trailer below.

Bottoms is directed by Emma Seligman, who splashed onto the scene in 2020 with her directorial debut, Shiva Baby. The film, starring Rachel Sennott, won for Best Screenwriting at Outfest and was awarded the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Now, Seligman is reuniting with Sennott, who stars in—and co-wrote, with Seligman—Bottoms alongside The Bear's Ayo Edebiri. Other cast members include Havana Rose Liu (No Exit), Kaia Gerber (Babylon), Nicholas Galitzine (Red, White & Royal Blue) and Dagmara Domińczyk (Succession).

If the plot and winning cast doesn't already have you intrigued, then the glowing reviews might. On Rotten Tomatoes, Bottoms currently has a 97 percent rating, and the critical consensus reads: “Propulsive and over-the-top, Bottoms is an instant high school comedy classic that feels both current and nostalgic.”

Major outlets praised the film, comparing it to a number of teen classics. At Rolling Stone, contributor David Fear wrote, “What Seligman, Sennott and Edebiri have given us is nothing less than a Heathers for this generation. It hits you, and it feels like a kiss.” Meanwhile, at Mashable, Kristy Puchko wrote, “Ready for American Pie to look tame? With Bottoms, Seligman and Sennott, who co-wrote the screenplay, reveal a story that is way wilder, way wackier, and way, way more gay than the typical teen sex comedy churned out by Hollywood.”

Sign us up!

Bottoms hits theaters on August 25 and you can get your tickets ahead of time here.

Want all the trending titles sent right to your inbox? Click here.

The 57 Best Teen Movies of All Time, from ‘Clueless’ to ‘Hunger Games’

Joel Calfee

Associate Editor, News and Entertainment

Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
read full bio

Why You Should Trust Us

PureWow's editors and writers have spent more than a decade shopping online, digging through sales and putting our home goods, beauty finds, wellness picks and more through the wringer—all to help you determine which are actually worth your hard-earned cash. From our PureWow100 series (where we rank items on a 100-point scale) to our painstakingly curated lists of fashion, beauty, cooking, home and family picks, you can trust that our recommendations have been thoroughly vetted for function, aesthetics and innovation. Whether you're looking for travel-size hair dryers you can take on-the-go or women’s walking shoes that won’t hurt your feet, we’ve got you covered.