Booksmart

Following two studious besties letting loose before college, this is an affectionate and engaging instant-classic.
Sarah Ward
December 03, 2020
Following two studious besties letting loose before college, this is an affectionate and engaging instant-classic.

Wrapping up high school with the party to end all parties is a rite of passage. Watching movies about the experience has become one as well. Most of their classmates would've pegged Booksmart's Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) for preferring the latter over the former — but, on the night before graduation, after buckling down, studying hard and getting great grades for their entire lives, these two besties are determined to treat themselves to one stereotypically OTT night out before heading off to college.

Making her directorial debut, actor-turned-filmmaker Olivia Wilde might have chosen a familiar narrative; however, absolutely nothing about this affectionate and engaging instant-classic teen flick ever feels routine. That includes the genuine rapport between its delightful stars as their characters let loose, and learn plenty about each other and themselves across the course of the wild evening.

Published on December 03, 2020 by Sarah Ward
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