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Preview Review: Booksmart

Posted on Apr 29, 2019 by in The Screen |

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I don’t know about you, but I really poured myself into my high school career. I wanted to do well, do everything, and get the recognition by being able to do what I wanted to do when I graduated. Was that ma mistake? Should I have partied more and studied less? In a nutshell, this is the ultimate question posed in Olivia Wilde’s new film, Booksmart, premiering May 24, 2019 at a theater near you.

Most of you will know Olivia Wilde from movies such as Tron: Legacy and the Lazarus Effect. Booksmart is her feature film directorial debut and it is really well done. The selection of newer, lessor known actors really adds a lot to this film. Take a look at the trailer and then we can talk a little more.

I got the opportunity to screen this movie last week and found it really funny and engaging. Think a more feminine mix of Superbad and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Is it raunchy? Oh, yeah, but still tastefully so. Is it funny? There were so many laugh out loud moments in this film. Is there heart? The relationships are believable and real.

I am not going to spoil this, since it is not even hitting theaters for another month, but I would recommend this film as a good lead in to Summer. A great date night movie is you are looking for some solid laughs and still want to come away with some life lessons and not just a couple hours of fluffy nothingness. This is a solid entry showing that Olivia Wilde has what it takes to make an enjoyable fun film. Check out the official website here.

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A lot of young fresh faces make this a Summer Must See.

The cast is top notch. Kaitlyn Dever, who I immediately recognized from the TV show Last Man Standing, and Beanie Feldstein, from Neighbors 2 and who also happens to be the sister of Jonah Hill, make a great dynamic duo, playing off each other in so many funny and heartfelt ways. The chemistry is so solid between these two.

The rest of the cast is made up of folks that I have seen here and there, but, other than Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher, and the parents and principal, played by Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis, there are a lot of new, or at least newer, talent that really makes a splash with the film.

Be sure to check this movie out on May 24th, 2019. Start of the Summer right. And pop over to our Facebook page to discuss what you think about the film.

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