Work hard, play hard.
Amy (Katilyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) have spent their entire school years studying to get into good colleges and never going out and partying like their classmates. On the last day of school, they find out that plenty of their classmates that did party all got into good schools or got good jobs right out of college anyways. Determined to make up for lost time, they decide to party hard on their last night as high schoolers.
When I first started seeing advertising for this movie I didn't like how it kept getting compared to Superbad. Sure, it's about kids partying towards the end of school but it seemed different enough. After watching, it actually takes a few things beat for beat from Superbad so the comparisons are warranted. Thankfully it doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
The strongest thing in Booksmart is the friendship between Molly and Amy. Of course like any teen movie, they will momentarily have some trouble but it's nice seeing a female friendship like this on screen. Dever and Feldstein have excellent chemistry too. Director Olivia Wilde shows a lot of promise behind the camera too as we follow them on their adventures.
Where the film isn't at its best for me are the supporting characters. The one teacher we get to know, Ms. Fine (Jessica Williams) gets completely wasted on a dumb arrested development type arc and while I liked a lot of the supporting students, like Billie Lourd's Gigi, the two over the top theater kids felt like massive stereotypes.
Overall Booksmart is a fun film that's currently being buried by tentpoles at the box office, but that I think will have a huge following eventually.
Memorable quote: "I'm incredible at hand-jobs but I also got a 1560 on the SATs." - Annabelle (Molly Gordon)