Monday, June 3, 2019
Movie Review - Booksmart
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!