In Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever play Molly and Amy, respectively, best friends and overachieving middle-class Los Angeles high-school seniors approaching graduation day. They’re far from the cool kids’ table, but they still manage to look down their noses on all of their classmates, assured that their reward after years of studious devotion awaits them in heaven — i.e. Yale for Molly, Columbia for Amy. But on the last day of school they are horrified to realize that many of their fun-loving, partying, sexually active classmates also got into Ivies — well, except for the skater kid who’s skipping college and going straight to six figures at Google. Realizing that perhaps their sacrifices over the past four years were for naught, they become determined to go to the biggest, most debaucherous pre-graduation party in town so that they can at least say they had one night of fun in high school. What makes Booksmart land so delightfully is Wilde’s handle on exactly how seriously to take her neurotic heroines. — Emily Yoshida, Vulture.
(USA / 2019 / Directed by Olivia Wilde)
R / 1 hr 45 mins.