Bottoms ★★★

A lot of this is very funny, and the premise of a madcap high school that’s somehow both widely tolerant of homosexuality while also being obscenely over-the-top heteronormative is a genuinely interesting reflection on 2020s life. Like many comedies though, this one seems to hedge its zaniness, making frequent pit stops for emotional exposition and pro forma sentimentality. That’s frustrating because the filmmakers clearly have the depth and acumen to truly go for broke, and so much of the movie threatens to do just that. But it never fully achieves escape velocity, and relies perhaps too much on its admittedly razor-like comic stylings and the considerable, winning deftness of its two leads.

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