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First, the good news: it's immediately clear that Wilde is a filmmaker by vocation... If anything, the film is polished to a fault: the marketing term "elevated genre," most frequently applied to horror, feels equally apt here.
Dever and Feldstein's friendship and chemistry provide the film with both its chief appeal and dramatic engine, and the winning pair make Booksmart a film that's very easy to like. But it's less easy to believe.
"Booksmart" is genuine enough that it doesn't sacrifice its emotional honesty for the gratification of its characters; it would feel disingenuous if everyone's arcs were wrapped up neatly, and "Booksmart" is too smart for that.
It's a high school movie that doesn't have sadistic bullies shoving helpless nerds into lockers, just a bunch of kids that, for all their flaws, are kind, funny, worldly, whip-smart and unapologetically themselves.
I like the general lack of meanness in "Booksmart." The party-all-night premise may be as old as the hills, but the script has been successfully finessed as a slice of the here and now, idealized but full of life.
Olivia Wilde's smashing feature directing debut is a femcentric spin on Freaks and Geeks that makes this laugh riot the smart choice for anyone looking for a comedy that's outrageously entertaining and quietly revolutionary at the same time.
Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde (shockingly, this is her behind-the-camera feature debut) shows off something rarer than technique or comic timing. She's got loads of compassion and has somehow managed to make a high-school movie without villains.
Booksmart is inclusive and progressive without feeling forced and announces Wilde, an actor who hasn't always found her groove on screen, as a major director, one of the more impressive behind-the-camera transitions I have seen for a while.
Every generation needs its own rowdy high school comedy, and Millennials deserve one that treats the anxieties teens have been grappling with for millennia with the same urgency that Jerry Bruckheimer would bring to a high-stakes action movie.