Booksmart (15)

Two inseparable know-it-alls forgo partying for studying only to find out that they wasted some of the best years of their lives for no reason. Chaos ensues.

Academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) thought keeping out of trouble and focussing on school would give them an advantage over their irresponsible classmates.

But on the eve of their graduation the best friends discover that their lax peers have got into the same universities as them, while partying their way through high school.

The realisation that they have missed out on some of the most important moments of their teenage years is too much for Molly. She attempts to cram four years of high school antics into one night. She can’t resist the chance to reinvent how people see the nerdy duo.

As the girl’s headteacher tells them “Nothing is more exciting, or daunting as a blank page.” That’s exactly what this night out gives them, the chance to rewrite their past and their future.

What unfolds is a chaotic adventure that the duo couldn’t have prepared for. With only one night left to experience the joys of high school parties they manage to cram in three. Each one is crazier than the next. But can their friendship go the distance? 

Booksmart is an instant classic. The dynamic between Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein is second to none. They are the ultimate friendships goals.

I’ve liked Beanie Feldstein since Lady Bird, she is sublime in that movie. If you haven’t seen it already, why not? It’s incredible.

So when I heard she was part of the main cast of Olivia Wilde’s new movie, who is also ridiculously talented, you can imagine how stoked I was. You’ll be pleased to hear I was not disappointed. In fact, I loved it.

I won’t spoil it but know this, the last scene is incredible and had me in tears.

Booksmart is for the overachievers, the geeks, the ones who never really felt like they fit in. It makes strong points about friendship and acceptance, all the while being comfortable laughing at itself. The result is a heartfelt, hilarious, progressive, no-nonsense feminist riot.

By Ruth Walker


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