Booksmart

For quite a while I’ve been a fan of the coming-of-age genre and I’ve seen my share of good movies and bad movies.  It seems to be a tough genre to navigate as it seems like it has all been done before.  For me the major mistake seems to be the regurgitation of the movie Heathers (which doesn’t stand up over time).  We get kids talking in ways that kids don’t talk and then throwing a large helping of quirkiness on top of it.  Invariably we seem to be impressed when one is half-decent and thus give it a much higher rating than it deserves (I’m looking at you Lady Bird).

I wasn’t terribly hopeful when the film started out and we see the traditional movie high school scenes that exist in no high school ever.  The film has two things that I think really helped it not become a total cliche.  First, the leads are fantastic.  Absolutely perfectly cast.  Second, the movie takes on the perspective that maybe the kids that did everything right maybe didn’t do everything right.   While they set out to change that in one night they really changed their lives.

IHATEBadMovies.com reviews Booksmart

Movie title: Booksmart

Movie description: Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Date published: 2019-08-20

Director(s): Olivia Wilde

Actor(s): Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Diana Silvers, Skyler Gisondo, Billie Lourd, Molly Gordon, Mason Gooding, Eduardo Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Victoria Ruesga, Noah Galvin, Austin Crute, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Nico Hiraga, Kyle Samples, Stephanie Styles, Christopher Avila, Gideon Lang, Adam Krist, Deb Hiett, Ben Harris, John Hartman, Ellen Doyle, Maya Rudolph

Genre: Comedy, Drama

My Review

For quite a while I’ve been a fan of the coming-of-age genre and I’ve seen my share of good movies and bad movies.  It seems to be a tough genre to navigate as it seems like it has all been done before.  For me the major mistake seems to be the regurgitation of the movie Heathers (which doesn’t stand up over time).  We get kids talking in ways that kids don’t talk and then throwing a large helping of quirkiness on top of it.  Invariably we seem to be impressed when one is half-decent and thus give it a much higher rating than it deserves (I’m looking at you Lady Bird).

I wasn’t terribly hopeful when the film started out and we see the traditional movie high school scenes that exist in no high school ever.  The film has two things that I think really helped it not become a total cliche.  First, the leads are fantastic.  Absolutely perfectly cast.  Second, the movie takes on the perspective that maybe the kids that did everything right maybe didn’t do everything right.   While they set out to change that in one night they really changed their lives.

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