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Booksmart (2019)

R | | Comedy | 24 May 2019 (USA)
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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.

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Olivia Wilde
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaitlyn Dever ... Amy
Beanie Feldstein ... Molly
Jessica Williams ... Miss Fine
Jason Sudeikis ... Principal Brown
Lisa Kudrow ... Charmaine
Will Forte ... Doug
Victoria Ruesga ... Ryan
Mason Gooding ... Nick
Skyler Gisondo ... Jared
Diana Silvers ... Hope
Molly Gordon ... Triple A
Billie Lourd ... Gigi
Eduardo Franco ... Theo
Nico Hiraga ... Tanner
Austin Crute ... Alan
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Getting Straight A's. Giving Zero F's.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug use and drinking - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Booksmart See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,933,620, 26 May 2019

Gross USA:

$22,680,962
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Fantastic Comedy Directorial Debut
28 May 2019 | by sweidman-28016See all my reviews

Booksmart Review:

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've just been excited for this film for a long while. I believe it was at Sundance and that's where I heard about it. I didn't know the plot but just that it was hilarious and a great directorial debut for Olivia Wilde. I thought this was a great comedy and possibly one of the best I've seen. Really it's the script, direction, and performances that blend into a perfect relationship. So the script I thought was creative, hilarious, and I'd say it trying to be relatable which it succeeds in doing. By relatable I mean we can understand these two girls and their motives. Obviously I can't relate with dedicating my time and life to school because that's no fun. The crazy situations they get themselves into were fun to watch. There's one scene in particular that I feel was something they put on a limb. It was strange and felt off but like in a good way. It was hilarious and basically made no sense, yet one of my favorite parts. I think it's just the strange humor that made it enjoyable. Also I believe this film has one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in a film and I died of laughter. If you decide to see this I think you'll know. Also this is full of vulgar humor so if you're not into that I doubt you'll have a good time. I don't know much about Olivia Wilde but I think this is an amazing way to start out for a directorial debut. She didn't write the script (screenplay by Katie Silberman) but I'm sure Silberman is proud of how she put her vision on screen. Wilde really made the relationships on screen perfect. She pushed the actors to do their absolute best. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein had a perfect relationship. They felt like real best friends for many years and it never felt forced. None of the acting felt forced. I think this is the best performances by both of them. I shouldn't think about the Globes yet but it would be great to have one of them in best Actress Comedy/Musical. I think they're hilarious and now I can't see them apart. Just watch the film and it'll all make sense. Also Billie Lourd was absolutely hilarious I never single scene she was in. I've only seen her really in American Horror Story and her small scenes in Star Wars. I'm just so surprised at how funny she is and that she does comedies and not more dramatic performances. I want her on more comedies. For technical aspects there's nothing super noticeable. I did like the score by Dan the Automator. Also the choices of songs I thought were good and set the mood. Now for the problems I had, I remember saying I had 2 1/2 problems but I can't think of the 1 1/2. It was predictable. Had there not been movies with similar situations at parties it wouldn't be too predictable. Rather than deleting what I had before I remember the 1/2 problem. So the only trailer I saw was the red band trailer. And it's not the film's fault but the trailer's. The trailer had all the funny scenes and so I could tell what was going to happen next in a particular scene. It also told the story and that's fine but I wish it didn't tell most of it. Honestly trailers are spoiling films now and it makes me mad but that's a rant for a different time. Overall I think this is an excellent comedy and I would highly recommend Booksmart. (You can watch the first 6 unedited minutes of it on YouTube since Annapurna released it if you'd like a taste of what you'll be watching).

My Grade: A-


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