Booksmart

Directed By Olivia Wilde and Written by Susanna Fogel,, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman

Starring Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Skyler Gisondo and Billi Lourd

We’ve all known those “booksmart” people in high school. The intense, driven, over acheivers who lead the debate teams, run for school council, organize the fundraisers, create the yearbook and seem to know the teachers on a first name basis. Molly and Amy are those people. They think they’ve done everything right, while the rest of their classmates have wasted precious time loafing and partying.

When Molly finds out that the kids who have been partying and having fun through highschool have also gotten into prestigious universities and colleges, she loses her mind. Could she have had fun too? Fear of missing out quickly sets in and she is determined that she and Amy will live it up and do something wild on the eve of their high school graduation.

This is a fresh take on the “eve of the rest of your life” genre, entirely from the female perspective, exquisitely written by a dream team of female writers including Susanna Fogel, and brilliantly directed by first timer Olivia Wilde.

It’s been a while since I graduated highschool, but I still related to these two bossom buddies. I don’t think I have seen too best girlfriends so authentically portrayed in a film. Sure there are some cliches and over-the-top situations, but the film nails their chemistry and in the critical moments of the film they are so believable you feel the intensity of their friendship ebb and flow like the real deal. There is one scene in particular, the climax of the film, where I teared up. I don’t recall a moment in Superbad, Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Pretty in Pink where my eyes welled up like that. Molly and Amy were people that I adored and when they hurt, I hurt. And THAT is the power of great storytelling!

Bravo ladies!! I cannot wait to see what you do next!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s