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Booksmart (2019)

R | | Comedy | 24 May 2019 (USA)
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On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

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Olivia Wilde
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaitlyn Dever ... Amy
Beanie Feldstein ... Molly
Jessica Williams ... Miss Fine
Jason Sudeikis ... Principal Brown
Lisa Kudrow ... Charmaine
Will Forte ... Doug
Victoria Ruesga ... Ryan
Mason Gooding ... Nick
Skyler Gisondo ... Jared
Diana Silvers ... Hope
Molly Gordon ... Triple A
Billie Lourd ... Gigi
Eduardo Franco ... Theo
Nico Hiraga ... Tanner
Austin Crute ... Alan

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On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Getting Straight A's. Giving Zero F's.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug use and drinking - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Susanna Fogel's rewrite of the screenplay revised one of the lead characters as a lesbian. See more »

Goofs

When Molly is in the bathroom with Theo and Triple A Tanner's drawing on the wall changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Amy and Molly pop up in the back of Pat's car, using their hair as masks, and scream]
Pat the Pizza Guy: What the fuck is this?
Molly: We ask the questions!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, you can hear George and Alan finish the song they started at their graduation speech. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movies of 2019 (So Far) (2019) See more »

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You Oughta Know
Written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard
Performed by Alanis Morissette
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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I don't get it
15 May 2019 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

Of course, as usual the ten-star advance "user reviews" here are from people who "mysteriously" have never written an IMBD review before--i.e. studio shills. But "Booksmart" has gotten great early reviews, and several people I know who saw early screenings really did love it. So I went in fully expecting to enjoy it, and was dismayed when immediately--I mean, even before the opening title--the film was making "Funny, huh? Wasn't that funny?!?" noises despite nothing particularly funny happening. I'll give Olivia Wilde points for making a very colorful and energetic movie that might indeed convince a lot of people through sheer high spirits that it's a great comedy. But instead it felt just strenuous to me, trying too hard to cover the fact that the funny, clever, witty material wasn't actually there.

The premise is ridiculous--bookworm protagonists are horrified to discover that after all their sacrifices for the future, all the party-hearty types at their high school ALSO got into Ivy League schools. This would make sense if it took place in a wealthy community where everyone was a "legacy" student thanks for their family's donations. But the movie makes a point of singling out two characters as the only "truly rich" ones here. Those two, like every character save the two lead girls, are complete "SNL"-style caricatures. What's worse, they all also seem to be played by actors who are about a decade too old, once again apart from the two lead girls.

Even so, the premise and the casting and everything might have worked if "Booksmart" were an outright farce. But it seems to be aiming to be sorta-kinda "real," while the characters nonetheless behave like no teenagers past or present. Everything here is so over-amped and contrived for effect, yet the ingenious comedy situations and bright lines that approach might have served are nowhere to be found.

Like I said, I don't get it--it's a very lively and well-crafted movie that nonetheless felt completely phony and unfunny to be. It's not boring, but I have no idea what people who like it are responding to, beyond the fact that "'Superbad' for high school senior girls" is probably good enough for many. But I liked "Superbad" well enough, and this movie just did nothing for me. You could say it aims for a mix of "Superbad" and John Hughes, but those movies do a much better job turning recognizable teenage life into farce with some heart, and if Wilde intended something similar (I'm not sure what she intended, beyond punching across every scene as if she might never be allowed to direct again), she misses the mark. A for effort, C for derivative/uninspired content, and D for over-effortfully trying to hide that empty content. It's like a student paper with a very splashy cover but nothing original or thoughtful inside.


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USA

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Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,933,620, 26 May 2019

Gross USA:

$22,680,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,863,452
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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