Booksmart

Booksmart Review

by A.West

**** 4 Stars

‘The comedy throughout the movie was hilarious and managed to keep it to a level that wouldn’t offend or upset anyone.’

Synopsis: Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of their graduation, the best friends suddenly realise that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.

Booksmart was released on the 27th of May 2019 and was directed by Olivia Wilde, with a budget of 6 million US-dollars. It earned 24.8 million us-dollars at the box office so it was rather commercially successful and made a profit. The main characters where played by Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Diana Silvers and Billie Catherine Lord.

I rather enjoyed Booksmart; it is rather wise, funny and captures the essence of a high school comedy set in America and features lovable characters who a range of different audiences can connect with. There are representations of different themes and types of people, as one of the main characters is gay and a few of the other characters are of different ethnicity which appeals to a wider audience. The comedy throughout the movie was hilarious and managed to keep it to a level that wouldn’t offend or upset anyone, which was truly heightened through the chemistry of the two main characters.

Booksmart was very cleverly made, as it appeals to the audience due to the modern day open-minded take on gender and race as no character is stereotyped. Although it seems to fit to the normal high-school movie cliche as they have crushes, the main goal isn’t romance but more about the complexities of life itself. This made Booksmart interesting to watch as it made it much more memorable and relatable.

Booksmart is currently available on Prime Video and was rated 15 by the BBFC.

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