Excerpt: Booksmart may have anticipated this year’s college admissions scandal…but it derives its humor from the class killjoys’ laser focus on letting their freak flags fly in the last possible moments of their senior year.
Excerpt: A rare treat: a perfect film. Smart, funny, wise, sparkling with wit both visually and in its snappy dialogue. A self-assured directorial debut from Olivia Wilde, confident and effortless. Pure joy.
Excerpt: They are not out to shed their virginities; perhaps in a film first, these girls are wise enough to recognize sexual conquest and/or a file folder of miscellaneous bedroom experiences do not define their identities. This is why Booksmart rises above its genre peers and represent this year’s seniors very well.
Excerpt: Booksmart is raucous and rowdy, earnest and sincere, heartfelt and heartbreaking. It’s an ode to friends and friendship, and a reminder that people aren’t always exactly what you think or expect.
Excerpt: Raucous, revealing, riotous and keenly cynical, Wilde’s refreshing take on the growing pressures of liberating femininity and over-achieving high school academia in the age of the Me Too Movement for the supressed female voice is a smart, observational mixture.