Reviews: Booksmart (2019)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • 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.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A raunchy yet uplifting portrait of teen life. Possibly the most egalitarian high school I’ve ever seen on film.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • 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.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • 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.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • 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.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @
    • Excerpt: The first [half] sees Molly and Amy falling into the usual tropes these comedies love exploiting for laughs while the second mines deeper to show the [hidden] poignant truths.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Booksmart is funny, fast-paced, well-made, full of heart, and an excellent place to find solid performances, as well as breakout stars.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ ScreenAnarchy
    • 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.
  • [New] | Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens