Director: Olivia Wilde
Writer/s: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
Starring: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Victoria Ruesga, Mason Gooding, Skyler Gisondo, Diana Silvers, Billie Lourd, and more.
Poster from http://www.impawards.com/2019/booksmart.html
Requested Review from Jason Mitchell!
I am happy to have both been requested to review this movie and also catch it on quick notice. “Booksmart” is the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde and boasts quite an underrated cast. This coming-of-age film has flown quiet mostly but that has not warded away its current viewers who have had mostly nothing but positive notes for the film. As for this nobody reviewer, lets see if it lands the same notes!
“On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.”
I can not remember the last comedy film that made me laugh out loud as much as “Booksmart” did. While being a coming-of-age film, the comedy within it is perfectly fit for the viewer that finds sarcasm, bluntness, and absurd punchlines hilarious. The humor is not only delivered by the rock stars that are Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, but the entire cast. I am not kidding when I say that I laughed almost throughout the entirety of “Booksmart”. Forewarning though, the trailer attached is a good representation of the humor in the movie but not nearly showing all the hilarious moments I was cracking up about. If you cannot find a funny moment within the trailer, you may not find this kind of humor entertaining.
This cast is simply perfect for “Booksmart”. First and foremost, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever are phenomenal together. Their personalities in this film blend well and create a hilarious buddy chemistry. Feldstein may have had me laughing the most out of all the characters. From her facial expressions to her quick one-liners and teasing of Dever’s character, I was losing my mind at times. So damn funny.
As I said before, the supporting actors in the movie are exceptional as well. While some may play “unlikeable” personas, there was not one character I could say I hated in the film. I would like to specifically shout out Skyler Gisondo and Billie Lourd for their characters Jared and Gigi. These two also contributed to hilarious moments. Full applause all around for everyone in “Booksmart”.
“Booksmart”, once again, is another coming-of-age movie. This market is pretty over-saturated, in my opinion, because, I swear, three or four of these movies come out every year… Even that number may be an underestimation. But every once in awhile, one or two of those four or more turn out half decent and “Booksmart” exceeds those expectations. Sure, we can boil it down and start comparing it to “Edge of Seventeen” or any other classic but this one throws in concepts that may be “out of the norm” and make them feel commonplace and belonging.
I almost feel as if I should not like “Booksmart”. The “normal” and “casual” thing to do is to say that all coming-of-age movies are the same and never really entertaining. If that is your mindset to it then sure, this movie is not going to be your cup of tea. Or more accurately, if you do not find it funny or entertaining, then that is a more honest opinion to dislike the movie. However, for me, I call bullshit to the first statement. As time goes on, our younger generations change the way they grow up. With this fact, coming-of-age films will always adapt and change. Just like “Eighth Grade” and “Edge of Seventeen”, “Booksmart” shows a generation filled with misfits, unique personalities, book worms, and individuals wanting to break out. Wildly entertaining and honest, “Booksmart” gets the Oberrated seal of approval.
- Coming from seeing “Ma” and now “Booksmart” Diana Silvers’ characters are vastly different. An awesome watch from my perspective.
- Billie Lourd is the home run of the film. I cried in laughter with every scene.
- I adore Skyler Gisondo as Jared. ADORE
- I want more of Beanie Feldstein. From Neighbors 2 to Lady Bird, and now to Booksmart. There has not been one project where I am not mega entertained by her.
- The soundtrack flows excellently with the film. It’s dope and perfect at every moment.
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No spoiler review here. “Booksmart” speaks for itself.