The Most Overlooked Movies of 2018


Support the Girls

The tacky world of the “breastaurant” might sound like an odd fit for former “mumblecore” auteur Andrew Bujalski, one of the premiere chroniclers of mid ’00s social alienation, but the movie’s family-friendly establishment Double Whammies ends up being the perfect staging ground for a funny, whip-smart comedy about labor and friendship. Put-upon manger Lisa (a brilliant Regina Hall)┬áhas a watchful, caring eye as she looks after the younger women who work for her, serving as the negotiator between them and a large roster of rowdy customers, crappy boyfriends, and boorish authority figures. Hall embodies that kindness and generosity — you’ll wish she was your boss — but she also shows you the emotional toll the work takes on her in the moments when her impressionable mentees aren’t around. Simply put, the rat race is wearing her down. As a writer, Bujalski can satirize corporate jargon like Mike Judge, but he has a more humanistic, less misanthropic approach as a director, framing shots in a way that gives the actors room to interact and develop a natural intimacy in the workplace. Similarly, Hall gives a more complex, nuanced performance than you’ll see on your average workplace sitcom. — DJ

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