The Makers of 'Shiva Baby' to Make Queer Teen Sex Comedy

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday April 7, 2021

Rachel Sennott in 'Shiva Baby'
Rachel Sennott in 'Shiva Baby'  

"Shiva Baby" writer-director Emma Seligman and star Rachel Sennott got the green light for their next feature.

Titled "Bottoms," the film will be a comedy about "two unpopular queer girls who start a fight club to have sex before their high school graduation," The Hollywood Reporter details.

Seligman and Sennot will co-write the screenplay, the article said, and be distributed by Orion Pictures, a branch of MGM. Seligman is set to helm the comedy, with Sennot in a starring role.

Seligman's directorial debut, "Shiva Baby" - based on a short film Seligman also made - was a critical success and popular hit for the duo.

That film centers around Danielle, a bisexual Jewish woman who does sex work while attending college. Accompanying her parents to a shiva - a Jewish ritual for the mourning of the dead - Danielle encounters a client, Max, who is there with his wife and baby. She also encounters a former girlfriend.

Critics took note of the comedy's rapid pace and effective use of suspense tropes as a way of amplifying the film's anxious blend of sexual secrets, religious faith, and family tensions.

No release date has been announced.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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