The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a new version of the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer fixed with an infinitely better version of the titular hero. Plus, get a recap of the entire X-Men film franchise before Dark Phoenix comes out this weekend, and go on a Lyft undercover with Jason Sudeikis driving around Los Angeles with directions from his significant other and Booksmart director Olivia Wilde. Read More »
While many have labeled the SXSW hit Booksmart the female version of Superbad (and not just because the former co-stars Jonah Hill’s sister, Beanie Feldstein), that seems slightly unfair since this film has loftier emotional ambitions. Helmed by actor-turned-first-time-director Olivia Wilde, Booksmart concerns two high school seniors—Molly (Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever—who want to change the course of their entire high school experience on the day before they graduate. The best friends have spent the last four years concentrating on scholastic achievements and put aside all thoughts of partying or socializing in any form with anyone but each other in the hopes of getting into the best colleges. But on the last day of school, Molly is confronted with the almost-unspeakable truth that all of the kids who had fun and partied every weekend also got into great schools, leaving her on a quest to have her last night as a high school student be one of throwing caution to the wind and going to a rager with best buddy.
The entire film takes place over the course of roughly a single 24-hour period, and during the course of that day, secrets and deeply buried feelings come to the surface, both girls have their friendship tested and hearts broken, and learn that judging the other kids in their school based on their public persona is perhaps a massive mistake.
Feldstein is just starting to build an impressive filmography with memorable supporting roles in such works as Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird, as well as the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, while Dever has made a reputation for herself from a young age as a hugely talented actor in some very serious roles, including parts in Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, Detroit, The Front Runner, and perhaps most memorably in the second season of FX’s Justified, in which she co-starred with Margo Martindale in one of the greatest seasons of television in modern memory. Seeing her play comedy in Booksmart with such gusto only adds to the lost list of what she’s capable of as a performer.
/Film recently spoke with Dever and Feldstein about bonding with each other and their director, the film’s powerhouse supporting cast of largely unknowns, and how celebrating intelligence is key to the film’s humor. Bookmsart is currently in theaters nationwide.
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The Memorial Day weekend box office gave audiences an extra day to catch new releases this weekend, and it seems like everyone was clamoring to see how Disney fared with their latest live-action remake of an animated classic.
Aladdin topped the weekend box office with a three-day opening weekend of $85 million. But when all is said and done for the four-day holiday weekend, the movie will have raked in $112.7 million. However, some estimates see the movie possibly hitting around $110.9 million, which would have it take the #5 spot of the biggest Memorial Day weekend openings from X-Men: Days of Future Past. But how did other new releases like Brightburn and Booksmart turn out? Find out in the rest of our box office report. Read More »
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 »
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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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