Thursday, July 7, 2022

Review: ‘Booksmart’ is Nostalgic and Smart

All work and no play could eventually lead to a wild night for two high school seniors in Olivia Wilde’s (TRON: Legacy, House) feature directorial debut Booksmart, starring Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) and Kaitlyn Dever (Justified).

The film follows two academically-focused best friends on the eve of their high school graduation as they realize that maybe they should have allowed themselves time to play during all of their studying. Determined not to fall short to their peers, the friends set out to cram as much fun as possible into one night.

Where before many high school related films focused on either a male protagonist or the insane cliques that girls supposedly fall into, Booksmart gives viewers a glance into a friendship that survives everything from sexual identity to the unknown of growing up. Feldstein’s and Dever’s performances have you fully engaged as they stumble through a crazy ride that leaves the viewer exiting the theater laughing and reminiscing with friends.

Image Courtesy of AnnaPurna Pictures
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With a script written by four women (Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman) and produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions, who focuses on female voices in the industry, Booksmart is a female led film that aids in the continued steps to opening up more opportunities to women in the industry.

Check it out this weekend at a theater near you!

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