Booksmart (2019) Movie Review
Another Day another movie, however Booksmart, is an homage to the old and has a fresh take on the overall newly minted coming of age raunchy comedy drama. Just so I don’t keep you in suspense, I loved this movie. It has heart, great drama but also finds a way to keep you smiling from beginning to end. It takes you back to when you were in high school and at times reminds you why your thankful you’re done with it. Mixing empathy and joy, as well as heartbreak and sadness this films hits the right marks in all the way it could’ve. But I digress…
Booksmart is a 2019 American coming-of-age comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde (in her directorial debut), from a screenplay by the writing team of Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman. It stars Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis, and follows two graduating high school girls who set out to finally break the rules and party on their last day of classes. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are executive producers.
Starting off with some positives the cast was amazing but I’m going to take this time to admire the two leads in this film. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, These two ladies were spectacular Kaitlyn who you might recognize from (Detroit, Short Term 12, Beautiful Boy) played Amy, this soft gentle young woman who was ready to leave home but not ready to leave her best friend, she had this nerdy but cool thing going on in the demeanor she played it reminding me of some of the young women I grew up with in high school. She tried to courage in making moves she never would’ve thought to try and even when it didn’t work she played those moments with ease, bathroom scene I’m looking at you. She’s definently getting her name up there and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Beanie Feldstein, plays Molly, a strong confident loud and proud student who knows what she wants and takes it. So Feldstein who you might recognize from (Lady Bird) plays the same kind of best character but she adds a bit of flair to it being a lot more confident, in this performance she really has this subtle way of laying it all out there and emoting so well that sometimes that speaks louder than her quippy dialogue. She’s magnificent at escalating the scenes she’s in and making herself fun to watch. Not to mention Olivia Wilde's direction was spectacular for first film she really knocked the ball way out of the park. The way she builds up to the climax of the movie just drives it over the top for me and I can’t wait to see her next project and if it’s anything like this I’d like to see her take up more behind the camera work.
The negatives weren’t very apparent, I didn’t have that much problems with the films anything I’d have to say would honestly be a nitpick and I didn’t have many of those either.
Overall, a lot of people have been touting this as the “Female Superbad” based on the 2007 classic written by Seth Rogen and actually starring Feldstein’s brother Jonah Hill. However the same thing could be said for Blockers (2018) which also called a “Female Version of American Pie” which came out in 1999. Blocker was also helmed by a female director named Kay Cannon although these comparisons are fun to draw up. It certainly doesn’t take away how great these movies are in their own right. Giving us not only female perspective but also generating new conversations with the youth and how there going about their lives pre- adulthood while also showing what the modern generation of teenagers deal with facing compared to the old. We’re starting to see a big shift in these female coming of age stories and I’m very excited to see what’s coming next.
Overall, Booksmart was a solid 9/10 movie. It really keeps you entertained and I definently recommend you go see it if you’re looking for a great time at the movies. However If you’ve seen the film let me know what you thought below in the comments.
William Christian Praise