‘Booksmart’ Film Review

Two academic high-flyers, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Fieldstein,) realise that all their work to get into a good college meant they never broke any rules and “had fun” while their classmates had managed to do both. However, the night before graduation they set about to change that.

For me, the strong message about not being dictated by your work, really resonated and has forced me to reassess the work I do for school. However, although there were strong true to life themes represented throughout, the film was also side-splittingly funny and some scenes such as: one where the characters are dolls and another at Jared’s party kept me laughing continuously. At around 100 minutes, the film’s progression is allowed to stay snappy and key plot points follow in quick succession meaning we are never bored.

However, approaching the climax of the film the plot seems to be moving in too much of an idealistic direction; despite the clear “setbacks” they face, which in my opinion just added to the fun of their journey, nothing devastatingly bad ever happened that subverted the course of the film. However, upon reflection I see this is all pretext to a big twist later on; which isn’t a spoiler as if you don’t expect some subversion- have you actually seen a film?

The film starts on a good note, continues to fly high and ends on an absolute slam dunk; which leaves me with no doubt that this is one of my favourite films of the year. Make sure that you give it a watch but don’t, I repeat DO NOT watch the trailer; because it just shows all the best bits of the film out of context and you won’t have the same reaction if it’s your second viewing.

My Rating: 9/10

P.S. Starting with this review I will be doing: a short synopsis, a 250 word review and creating an all time list of the top 100 films I have seen and reviewed. Also, I wanted to add that a few weeks ago I saw the film ‘Thoroughbreds’ and it was fantastic so I would strongly suggest you give that a viewing too. Thanks for reading and it feels good to be back.


One thought on “‘Booksmart’ Film Review

  1. Good review. This isn’t the typical genre of movie I enjoy, but after seeing the trailer I thought it might be a fun movie. With your score, I’ll give it a shot but once it comes out on video.

    On a side note, I like the 250 word synopsis format. My time is limited, sometimes for weeks at a time, so it’s nice to be able to see what a movie is about, see a score, without having every detail laid out.


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