BOOKSMART Review

Beanie Feldstein stars as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, BOOKSMART, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures

Booksmart is a Hilarious and Beautiful Tribute to Teens

If John Hughes were writing a movie for teens of today – it wouldn’t be relatable as Booksmart. No longer do the movies filled with tropes and bring in the same audience as the classic teen movies from the 80’s and 90’s. Instead, teens are actually getting movies that not only speak to them, but highlight their time in history and how they actually see society and the world they live in.

Booksmart follows Molly and Amy as they make it through their last day of highschool and to graduation the next day. After the realization that all of the time they’ve spent studying and not partying resulted in them getting into the schools they wanted may have been wasted since the “slackers” also got into good schools – they decide to change their stories and get the experiences they want on the last night of their high school career. Their goal – to hit the popular kid’s party, but end up getting detoured, multiple times on the way.

The movie is hilarious, and you will find yourself laughing through most of it. With relatable characters even if you are not the age of the kids in the movie, the feelings are things we all have dealt with over the years. But what really struck us about the movie is how inclusive the cast it of all body types, all races and sexuality highlighted throughout – without the jokes made at anyone’s expense for a quick laugh. Body positivity and self understanding is the norm, and while that may seems like a lofty goal, it’s refreshing in a movie.

Teens may be the main target for this movie, but it will have you laughing throughout at some of the situations throughout the movie. There is cursing, sexual situations, references to drugs and more throughout so it is rated R, but it’s a refreshing look teenage years instead of the sugar coated versions we normally see brought to the movies. It’s a nice tribute to what those hardest years of your younger life is actually like than covering it in candy and rainbows.

The movie takes you on a journey as the girls realize that it takes more than just being booksmart to get through life. From finding out who you are, your own voice and fighting against the views against you – the movie has a great view and perspective for viewers of all ages.

About Booksmart

Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school best friends and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generation. (Annapurna Pictures)

Rated R – Release: May, 24th

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