'Bottoms' takes us into the tumultuous world of Rockbridge Falls High School, where two queer best friends, PJ and Josie, portrayed by Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri, are on a mission to spice up their high school lives. The film unfolds as PJ pines for Brittany, a straight cheerleader played by Kaia Gerber, while Josie is infatuated with Isabel, a popular cheerleader brought to life by Havana Rose Liu. The quirky twist in this narrative comes when PJ and Josie decide to set up a fight club – not for violence, but as a cunning ruse to attract the attention of their desired cheerleaders.
Their elaborate plan takes a hilarious turn when rumors start circulating about their supposed time in juvenile detention and a physical brawl with Jeff, the quarterback of the Rockbridge Falls Vikings, portrayed by Nicholas Galitzine. As the school's principal threatens expulsion, Josie quickly fabricates a feminist 'self-defense club' to save face. With the unwitting support of Mr. G, an easygoing teacher, PJ and Josie set up the club, all the while secretly hoping it will lead them to their romantic pursuits.
The story continues to unfold in chaotic and comedic ways as PJ, Josie, and their friends become closer through their fight club activities. Hazel, their friend, uncovers her mother's affair with Jeff and spills the beans to PJ and Josie. This revelation leads to a series of events that include public breakups, vandalism, and even a car explosion. As the chaos escalates, the fight club's true purpose is revealed, leading to public humiliation for PJ and Josie.
With the club on the brink of disbandment, PJ and Hazel engage in a heated fight that further complicates matters. But as the stakes rise, and a potentially life-threatening situation emerges at an upcoming football game, PJ and Josie must reconcile with their past actions and unite with their fellow club members to prevent disaster.
'Bottoms' is a unique blend of high school comedy, queer coming-of-age, and dark humor that pushes the boundaries of conventional storytelling. The film is a satirical take on victimization, violence, and the pursuit of desire, all wrapped up in a wild and outrageous package.