Her latest film, however, Support the Girls, could well put a change to all that. Released in the US to widespread acclaim, it's already earned her the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, and arrives in UK cinemas on 28 June 2019.
Support the Girls is a comedic offering grounded in the less-than-pleasant realities of a woman's working life, specifically that of Lisa Conroy (Hall). General manager of a sports bar called Double Whammies whose business proposition boils down to ‘tubes, boobs and big screens’, Lisa recognises the establishment’s profitable ‘breastaurant’ credentials while striving to look after the young women in her employ by enforcing zero tolerance on disrespect from its chauvinistic patrons.
Deserve good she may, but life has more to throw at Lisa than a stream of troublesome customers. The ‘sisterhood’ under her command (which includes The Edge of Seventeen’s Haley Lu Richardson) comes with an unhealthy side order of abusive boyfriends and single-parent children, all while Lisa struggles against the machinations of her racist boss and the strain placed by the job on her disintegrating marriage.
You’d be forgiven for predicting a patchwork of well-trodden clichés – the roadside diner, problematic men ogling scantily-clad girls, and a do-good sisterhood preaching teary optimism in the face of troubled times.
But the movie has been praised for doing things differently, striving to present important themes without an agenda and plumbing for realism over scatty melodrama. One of Barack Obama’s official favourite films of 2018, Support the Girls promises to propel Regina Hall to stardom and warm the hearts of British audiences in feel-good fashion this summer.
|What||Support the Girls: Regina Hall reaches for stardom|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
28 Jun 19 – 28 Jun 20, TIMES VARY
|Price||£determined by cinemas|
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