Booksmart is the film about female friendship for a new generation. What sets this film apart from Bridesmaids is that rather than focus on women in their 30s, the film chooses to focus on a pair of women on the eve of graduating high school.
I spoke with a number of cast and crew on the red carpet before the world premiere of SXSW. During the post-premiere Q&A and even during an event at the Twitter House earlier that day, director Olivia Wilde spoke about those films that she looked to for influence. Not surprisingly, two of the films mentioned were Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. Both of these films are set in high school and were directed by Amy Heckerling. The influences weren’t just limited to high school comedies but also buddy cop films in the comedy and drama genres, such as Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, and Training Day.
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When I first watched Booksmart during its world premiere at SXSW, I fell in love with this high school comedy in an instant. When we talk about the films that we wished we had while growing up, this is one of them. It feels like an instant classic. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are both phenomenal in the film and I couldn’t stop laughing at every ridiculous and wonderful joke.
Booksmart screenwriter Katie Silberman (she shares screenplay credit with Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Susanna Fogel) spoke with /Film over the phone this week to discuss the writing process as well as favorite high school comedies. Before the world premiere, I chatted with Katie Silberman on the red carpet. Some of that conversation has been edited into the transcript of our phone conversation.
Annapurna opens Booksmart in theaters on May 24, 2019.
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Booksmart is opening wide this weekend, and by all accounts, it’s a must-see. Early buzz for Olivia Wilde‘s feature directorial debut has been overwhelmingly positive ever since SXSW, and now more audiences will have a chance to catch it. In anticipation of the impending release, we’re debuting an exclusive look at the Booksmart vinyl soundtrack, as well as a track from the score.
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This weekend, the raucously hilarious R-rated high school comedy Booksmart starts hitting theaters. Lauded as a female Superbad, this looks like it should be the sleeper hit of the summer, assuming of course people actually know that the movie is in theaters and pay for a ticket to see it.
Booksmart stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two best friends and high school seniors who spent their entire school career studying their asses off and getting the best grades they could in order to get into the college of their dreams. But now they realize it might have been all for naught as the less dedicated side of their graduating class got into the colleges they wanted, but still had time to party it up. That means it’s time to pack four years of partying into their last night as high schoolers. Needless to say, chaos and hilarity ensues, and you can get another taste of it in the new red band Booksmart trailer. Read More »
Even though this summer is full of blockbuster action and spectacle, we can’t implore you enough to take a break from the big studio movies this season to partake in plenty of laughs with the feature directorial debut of Olivia Wilde.
Booksmart follows Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two high school seniors who realize that they might have been a little too reserved in their educational endeavors. So the two decide to party it up before they head off to college, getting the ultimate high school experience under their belt before they head into the next phase of their adult life. Annapurna Pictures has released a new Booksmart clip showing the entire first six minutes, and by the looks of it, this movie deserves to be a certified hit. Read More »
Year after year, I hear cinephiles issue the same complaint: “Why aren’t there more original movies?” Why, film fans wonder, is the box office landscape littered with sequels, reboots and superhero movies? The answer is simple: when original movies do hit theaters, no one sees them. Case in point: Annapurna Pictures, one of the most original motion picture companies out there today, had a whole slew of great movies last year. And guess what? Every single one of them, except one, was a box office bomb.
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Having an internal crisis, high schooler Molly turns to to her classmate and exclaims “You guys don’t care about school!” To which she snidely responds “We just don’t only care about school.”
What happens when your whole worldview shifts and you discover the choices you made for yourself were not the only viable options? For two teen girls who are quickly approaching graduation, they discover that the fun of their teenage years has almost slipped out of their hands – and they have one night to fix that. The Olivia Wilde-directed Booksmart follows these girls as they decide to finally let loose the night before graduation. Their adventure leads audiences through a hilarious, sharp, endearing, and ultimately loving film that stands out from other, seemingly similar comedies.
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(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.)
Welcome to SXSW 2019 day three. In this edition: The Art of Self-Defense is masterful dark comedy about masculinity gone wrong, The Highwaymen is perfectly decent dad-tainment, Booksmart redefines the high school comedy for 2019, and Snatchers can’t quite capture its tricky blend of comedy and horror.
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What happens when you spend four years of high school studying hard to make sure you get into a great college, only for your senior year to come to an end with the realization that everyone who spent all of high school partying also got into great colleges?
That’s the set-up of Booksmart, a new raunchy comedy which stars Kaitlyn Dever (Justified) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird). It marks the directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde, and from all of the positive buzz this is getting from its premiere at this year’s South By Southwest, it seems like we might have a new classic on our hands. Check out the red-band trailer below. Read More »
After spending the first portion of her career acting in front of the camera, Olivia Wilde is shifting gears. She was bitten by the producing bug back in 2010, and has since shepherded movies like 2013’s Drinking Buddies (which features one of her best performances to date) and 2015’s Meadowland into existence. Now Wilde is making her feature directorial debut with Booksmart, which will star Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) as a pair of straight-laced high schoolers who decide to party like crazy before they graduate.
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