For the Girls
Honoring all of the Women and Girls in Film
Social media made me feel like I would, and should, hate this movie, but I absolutely, unashamedly did not. Although Booksmart did have its' flaws, it was overall charming and fun to watch. There are some really noteworthy moments in this film that I cannot allow to be overshadowed, just because its' biggest fault was trying too hard.
This film marks the directorial debut for Olivia Wilde. It collects the talents of Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Diana Silvers and Billie Lourd, and offers almost 2 hours of laughs, lessons, and second-hand embarrassment to its audience. After best-friends Amy and Molly realize that their party-going, nonchalant classmates got into the same colleges as them, they are determined (well Molly is determined) to have a night out to prove that they are not "stick-in-the-muds."
There is alot to be admired about this film, and there's some things to cringe at, but what is does offer is an insight to average high-school society. Unlike many Hollywood films, Booksmart captures how much can literally go wrong your first night out partying. Just because you dressed nice and went out, that does not mean the popular guy/girl is just going to fall in love with you instantly- because that's what every 90's movie taught you. He might even fake flirt with you, then leave you for another girl. And yes, if your first hookup (ever) is in a party bathroom, it will most likely be very awkward, and something can easily go wrong. Shit gets weird and messy in high school, and that's just fine.
Speaking of fine- Mrs. Fine started off as the teacher we all need and deserve, but then ended up sleeping with one of her students? I enjoyed her character so much more up until that point.
In the end, its a story about two best friends. I relate to it so much, because I truly had my one and only best friend throughout all 4 years of high school, and that bond, as long as it's nurtured, can last a lifetime. There is always going to be some point where you have to say 'goodbye', not forever, but in a sense that you both start your own lives separately from each other. It's a heart break many movies and television shows don't talk about. Best friends are part of the foundation to life.
Jacindable Rating: ★★★
starring, Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Jason Sudeikis, Molly Gordon, Lisa Kudrow, Noah Galvin, Skyler Gisondo, Victoria Ruesga, Jessica Williams, Diana Silvers, Mason Gooding, Will Forte, Eduardo Franco, Michael Patrick O'Brien
written and directed by, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, and Katie Silberman