This is a coming-of-age teen comedy done right- you should watch it immediately.
If you are anything like me, you're wondering what to do after you graduate. Do you sign up for a Master's course? Do you apply to grad-schemes? Do you just get a boat and sail to Greece? Even though you have no idea how to steer the thing, or where Greece is for that matter…
What Booksmart so perfectly captures is this anxiety; the feeling of reaching a milestone, whether it be high-school/university graduation or leaving a job, feeling as though you could have done more.
It is so refreshing to see two young, strong female leads who are as equality funny as they are intelligent. In her feature-length, directional debut, Olivia Wilde more than delivers. Wilde understands not only the anxiety that exists and prevails after finishing high-school but the complexity of young women trying to navigate their way through society.
Without giving away too many spoilers, the film follows Amy (Caitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) the night before high-school graduation. The best friends venture to have an unforgettable night out, fearing that they wrongfully compromised their social life for academic stress.
Dever and Feldstein are incredible leads, joined by the effortlessly funny and heartwarming Billie Lourd (Gigi) and Skylar Gisondo (Jared).
This film is furiously funny, blending heart-break and nostalgia with an authentic sense of optimism that so many coming-of-age films miss.
Honestly, this is one of the best films I have seen this year and if you are feeling a little anxious about the future (I mean, who's not) then please watch it!
[Photo credits: Daniel Benavides, CC BY 2.0.]