Booksmart

Booksmart

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, this is an unfiltered comedy about high school best friends and the bonds they create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of the times, it is a coming of age story for a new generation.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Studios Canada Inc., 2019.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: FIC Books
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray DVD (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Book smart

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amanoletters99
Sep 18, 2019

If you value the grey matter between your ears, do everything you can to avoid this mindless drivel. What's the point of encouraging people to be stupid? This is NOT comedy, it is a waste of good celluloid. Booksmart indeed!

ArapahoeRead Sep 17, 2019

Previews did not do justice to this funny and moving coming-of-age movie. Rather than being simply a "girl version of 'Superbad,'" it charts its own course as it examines a close friendship, social prejudices, and the changes that the end of high school brings.

JCLIanH Sep 17, 2019

This got tagged as "The Girl-Version of Superbad" but what that comparison misses is that this is a better movie on pretty much every level. Though the basic setup is that of your classic "Last Days of Senior Year" High School movie, there is a unifying spirit to this movie that separates it from the pack. A lot of that is due to leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, who deliver absolutely sublime performances and display the kind of range that gets you excited to watch these two become superstars over the next couple of years. You 100% buy into their friendship. Director Olivia Wilde deserves a lot of credit as well and delivers some incredibly memorable sequences that are so good it's hard to believe this is her debut feature. There's a consistent voice here that feels fresh and alive. The young supporting cast is excellent, and yeah this is a great movie full of feels, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I had to pause the movie three or four times because I was laughing so hard.

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Tjavierb
Sep 15, 2019

This is NOT the female version of SuperBad that the ads made it out to be. And that's a good thing.

Is this a coming-of-age comedy? Yes. But it's also much more. It's about friends coming to grips with the fact that their lives are about to change as they leave high school.

The comedy comes from the interactions of the two leads and is genuinely funny and not just a bunch of lazy immature jokes.

Suffice to say that if you're looking for a coming-of-age movie that stands apart from the rest with genuine writing and performances, this is the movie for you.

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marcos_santiago
Sep 13, 2019

Take your pick of coming-of-age movies. There are 3 of them in the last year.
"Booksmart" is a 2019 movie directed by Olivia Wilde, who is a successful Hollywood actor. it has been released very closely after "Mid90s" (late 2018) written and directed by Jonah Hill, himself another successful Hollywood actor.
And do not forget about "Eighth Grade" (2018), written and directed by Bo Burnham (in his feature directorial debut).
"Booksmart" has a fresh mix of themes. It centers on the friendship of the two main characters. This very strong bond between the two girls is threaten by impending adulthood. In a sense, Booksmart is a very funny, light, comedy, recycling many scenes from other teen movies. I think the cast is fantastic, but the movie is self-indulgent. I would probably blame the director.
"Mid90s" storyline did not resonate with me. I saw it a while ago, and I find it forgettable. Maybe it explains why Jonah Hill is the way he is, but nothing else.
"Eighth Grade" is the best one of this bunch, it is funny but a lot deeper, it explores teen anxiety, technology, and the relationship with a father that doesn't know how to connect. I would gladly watch "Eighth Grade" a second time. I don't think I would sit down for another viewing of "Booksmart"...

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Timmers75
Sep 13, 2019

A movie about wacky 18-year-olds made by wacky 12-year-olds.

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4536o
Sep 11, 2019

Not as memorable a Coming-of-Age as Ferris or Clueless, but still totally fun to watch.

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Samuelbrock77
Sep 07, 2019

Hollywood recycles the same themes and narratives over and over again. If you are into narrow-mindedness which disguises itself as diversity you will absolutely love this movie.

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