On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends suddenly realise that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
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I'll admit I have a (totally irrational) bias against actors who make an unlikely transition to the director's chair, but Olivia Wilde's "Booksmart" contains some of the finest deployment of slow motion (fire extinguisher skateboard!) and uninterrupted takes of any film I've seen this year, not to mention an indelible cast of characters and effective soundtrack. I laughed so much my face hurt as the credits rolled.
You know, it's physics, Einstein, right? Frame of reference. Yr relations relate in their context. So, for whatever reason teen comedies have a tendency to give me effortless pleasure. It's 2019 and some will take BOOKSMART to task for failing to tell everybody's truth, an impossibility. Olivia Wilde does right by her own frame of reference, seems a genius of generous pleasures. Also: best ever use of Run the Jewels.
Could very well be the Clueless of this generation. Lady Bird's friend and the kid dope dealer from Justified, well they've seen footage, they stay noided, and they've got some shit to say, just for the fuck of it.
Just a super capable and succinct movie. Effective at making you laugh, making you sad, making you uncomfortable. With the exception of a weirdly out of place Jessica Williams, this movie is very consistently entertaining.
This is one hilarious film that damn near surpasses Superbad in the laugh department. This is a badass progressive comedy that is not preachy or sensitive and has a great time with its diverse characters and quirky sensibilities. The laughs never stop and this film is definitely not short of heart. If you don't fuck with this movie you're probably an asshole.
What a refreshing joy a movie like "Booksmart" is. Here's a film written and directed by somebody who understands comedy is about tenderness and sympathy for the characters as much as it is gut-busting antics; there's plenty of both here. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are a ride-or-die dream-team, and Olivia Wilde packs so much heart and awkward hilarity into a tight, riotously funny package. A total blast.
Meet the class of 2019: the same old inarticulate confusions mixed in with new tech, careerisms, and social conscience. They may point out rightly that the timelessness of American Graffiti is lily-white, 16 Candles is rapey, and Superbad doesn't flesh out the girls. So give them an up-all-night comedy of their own—one wise enough to demonstrate how, at the end of high school, you realize how cool everyone was.
Fresh and charming debut feature from director Wilde featuring a pair of lead performances that are genuinely endearing. One could get lost in dismissing the film as elitist or lacking diversity but realize this is a comedy not social commentary. This is more in the spirit of 'Superbad' then John Hughes.