Small business owners, determined managers–we really expected Feminist February to uplift and inspire us. However, both of our first picks this months have been something of a bummer. You’ll see what I mean with this week’s pick, in which even a title with a clever double entendre fails to deliver on the promise of lighthearted fun.
Support the Girls
The caring manager of a sports bar experiences a hellish day that forces her to reevaluate her priorities.
To say Lisa isn’t having her best day ever is an understatement. The manager of the struggling bar Double Whammies–a local twist on the Hooters franchise–begins the day with the news that thuds emanating from the attic are those of an attempted burglar who got stuck in the building’s vents.
Today is the day of a big fight that the sports bar is counting on making big business. Before the real work begins, Lisa squeezes in a car wash fundraiser to “support the girls” that isn’t quite approved by the bar’s owner. After receiving the news that one of her former girls is in trouble after running over her boyfriend in a rage, the caring Lisa is determined to help her out with the funds raised in the car wash.
Lisa is incredibly protective of her girls, treating them more like family than employees. She is especially close to cool and collected Danyelle and bubbly Maci, both hardworking ladies who are equally willing to support their boss.
As you may imagine, some of the customers are creepy, hostile, rude, aggressive, or all of the above. Lisa suffers no fools and is quick to throw out anyone caught behaving inappropriately. The regular customers bring challenges of their own, including overly nosy and observant lesbian Bobo (but personally I fucking love Bobo).
Complicating things further, the cable at the bar is suddenly cut off. Despite Lisa’s best efforts, the cable provider doesn’t seem inclined to speedily restore service.
When owner Cubby arrives on the scene, not only does he lecture Lisa about the cable, but he also points out the questionable legality of the car wash fundraiser. Cubby seems determined to burst Lisa’s bubble as he shows her the location of a soon-to-be-opened competitor that could close down Double Whammies. After a road rage incident and a fight in which Cubby fires Lisa (yet again), she decides to finally accept the termination of her job.
Luckily, Lisa’s husband is willing to pick her up and take her back to work to get her car. Unfortunately, the car ride will also involve a rather serious conversation about their future together as a couple. While her husband is depressed and seems to have more or less given up, Lisa is a workaholic and fails to make time for their relationship. Prognosis? Not good.
Finally, Lisa receives disappointing news about Shaina, the girl she worked hard to raise money for at the day’s earlier car wash. The disillusionment is final and thorough.
Will Lisa swallow her pride and go back to the bar or step forward into an uncertain future?
3.5/5 Pink Panther Heads
I really expected to like this one more than I did; however, I may have myself to blame. Given the double entendre title, the movie posters with confident-looking Regina Hall, and perhaps just wishful thinking, I expected a positive, upbeat comedy about the ladies of Double Whammies banding together through tough times.
The film takes a much darker and more realistic approach to the emotional toll of treating employees as family and allowing work to consume your life. While Lisa cares deeply about the girls she employs, the owner doesn’t share her concern, and this emotional investment disadvantages her. Ultimately, it makes Lisa much more inclined to fight losing battles that cost her a lot personally and emotionally–battles that even the owner doesn’t seem invested in. And honestly, her efforts to support her employees in tough times aren’t always appreciated; Lisa’s good intentions as a manager tend to go too far.
The bond between Lisa, Danyelle, and Maci is great, though. And Bobo 4 life; would watch a sequel about these 4 ladies.