I knew that I would love it the moment that I saw the first trailer. Booksmart was a wonderful movie-going experience and I demand that it plays at all High Schools.
The film follows best friends Amy and Molly, on their last day of High School. They both spent their entire High School experience striving to be the best students and in turn missed out on the partying that tends to come along with being a teenager. When they realize this, they choose to squeeze four years worth of partying into one night and a wonderful adventure begins.
This film got a lot of things right and the running narrative that teenagers are to be taken seriously, even with their hormones raging, may just be the best lesson parents could take from Booksmart. As an almost-30-year-old, I still find it difficult to reminisce about High School but I found a different perspective in Booksmart. I found myself feeling validated in the stress, anxiety and constant fear that I wasn’t doing enough. I found the funny in the uncomfortable and the bad decisions, Booksmart provided a much-needed kind look back at High School Julie.
The roots of this film are in the friendship between Amy and Molly, played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. It was so refreshing to witness two beautiful, smart and complicated women interact with each other in a healthy way. It reminded me of my relationship with my best friend Candice; some may consider us a bit too close and yes, we fight and tell each other our truths but we always come back to love. Beanie and Kaitlyn portrayed that beautifully and I demand more healthy women relationships as soon as possible.
I fell in love with Beanie when I witnessed her brilliance on Lady Bird and now, having just witnessed what she did with Molly, I find myself needing her in all content that I consume. She plays Molly with a vulnerability that is subtle and a strength that is necessary, all the while providing us with the comedy that is much-needed during these trying times. I am convinced that Beanie Feldstein could have chemistry with a piece of paper! She created magic on-screen no matter who her scene-partner was and she is truly a vision to witness.
I need more sex-positive movies, I need more feminist movies that don’t shove the lessons down your throat, I need more complicated female friendships on screen! Booksmart is a necessary viewing experience and I am so happy my niece and my nephews live in a world where it exists.