On the cusp of graduating high school, besties Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) are good girls with valedictory grades and grand plans. But their little world has assumed that their loser classmates are doomed to failure. However, a confrontational conversation in the school bathroom has Molly learning that her party animal classmates are headed to Ivy League schools.
She turns to Amy and vows to make up for lost time - to go to that last big party at the coolest kid's house, to go wild. These girls "have a mad, cartoon-chipmunk chemistry, playing characters who know each other so well that they finish each other's sentences and step on each other's lines. What their friendship needs is a little room to breathe. Booksmart is smart about that too. " ( Time 6/3-6/10/19)
Directed by actress Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is a coming of age tale for girls. It's exaggerated, funny, and endearing chaos. "Nobody knows that we are fun, " laments Molly. I could identify with that as a total nerd in high school.
Booksmart can be silly and it crams a lot into it's 100 minutes, but I was amused and laughed out loud several times. Lots of pop culture references ring true, and the young actresses are perfect for their roles - attractively nerdy and average. Sometimes the foul language is a tad much, but that's often true these days. I could overlook it.
This might not be one for the theater for my blog friends, but don't roll by it when it's in your queue at home. It's smart enough and you don't have to read it - Booksmart!
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.