I kind of sort of wish my final day/night of school had been like this
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd
Director: Olivia Wilde
Synopsis: Molly (Beanie Feldstein) & Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), two best friends who spent their high school years studying and not doing anything crazy like partying or letting loose, realise that the kids that did the opposite to them still managed to get into great colleges despite doing all of the fun things. So, on the eve of their graduation, they are determined to cram as much fun as they can into the evening by sneaking out and attending a party hosted by the most popular guy in the grade. The only problem is that they don’t have his address so a simple trip to a party turns into a crazy night full of fun and adventure.
Opinion: When I first watched the trailer for this many months ago I was instantly keen to check it out. This eagerness was naturally heightened after the film appeared in film festivals and recieved reactions that were mostly very positive. Then it released in North America and everyone was raving about it, so I absolutely couldn’t wait to watch it for myself. Now, welcome yourself to Australia and the very strange and somewhat annoying behaviour of ohhhh this movie may not make us (production company) much money so instead of releasing it in line with America and cashing in on the success and word of mouth we will hold it back for at least a month, see how it goes and then maybe give it a limited little release because all we care about is money money money. This isn’t a rare thing…..and they wonder why piracy is an issue here (huge eye roll).
ANYWAY…..I finally got myself into that cinema seat and saw the movie and laughed way more than I ever thought I would. Honestly, it’s the most I’ve laughed in a movie in a long time and while I knew it would be funny from the trailer, I had not expected the amount of humour or the comedic timing/talent of the cast who absolutely sold every moment throughout the movie.
Speaking of the cast, they were absolutely brilliant with the most perfect people in each roll. Everyone, no matter how small the character, just did such a great job and really helped to make it such a wonderful collaboration. The chemistry between Dever & Feldstein just heightened that friendship between Molly & Amy and made every moment, dance, conversation and silly/hysterical moment between the two so very believable. But the big shout out has to go to Billie Lourd as Gigi because she hands down stole the show any time she was in a scene. Not only is her character hilarious, the performance is perfect and the comedic timing she has brings on some of the biggest laughs during the movie.
I am so glad my impatient self lasted that horrible month and that I have finally seen this movie and that it was everything I had hoped it would be and not just something that was overhyped and ultimately a letdown. I haven’t stopped talking about it since I’ve watched it and recommend it to anyone who has been to and finished high school because even if the main two characters aren’t who you were in school, I guarantee that you knew people like that and like all of the others that play a part in the crazy, event filled night before graduation.
Extra Fun: The soundtrack for this film is also pretty awesome and I highly recommend checking out the Booksmart Official Playlist on Spotify (I assume it’s probably on other things too but that’s what I listen to so that’s the link I have) as it has tracks scattered throughout from director Olivia Wilde and other people who worked on the film and they talk about the music and why they chose the songs and music they did. It’s really interesting and also just super fun to listen to.