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In the comedy “Bottoms,” the first rule of fight club is: Learn how to lead a fight club.
PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri) have begun a self-defense group at their high school, mostly to meet girls they hope to sleep with. But the small wrench in their plan is that they have no idea how to fight.
In this scene, the two hold their first meeting with a few potential participants in the gymnasium. And to say that they wing it is an understatement. Narrating the sequence, the director Emma Seligman discusses building up the characters’ anxiety, desperation and faux confidence through improvisation.