Given the recent explosion of coming of age films we've experience over the past 3-4 years (Moonlight, The Edge of Seventeen, Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Eighth Grade, Love Simon, The Florida Project, and Mid90s, and more) I wasn't feeling the hype for Booksmart, it just felt like well worn territory.
So upon watching it, I very much appreciated the Gonzo take on the coming of age story as opposed to the more grounded take of its contemporaries. If your the type of movie watcher who requires all of your non-SciFi and Fantasy to reflect what could really happen, I fully understand if this movie isn't for you. But that's what I enjoyed about it.
The premise, the character call-backs, and the execution all felt not of this society, and that got me into it. I genuinely laughed throughout the movie, and bought all the interpersonal relationships (which would never be as high-functioning as they appear...obviously).
Beanie Feldstein's faces throught the movie deserve their own kind of award. Kaitlyn Devers delivered an absolutely emotion performance, and Bille Lourd... god damn.
I'll absolutely watch it again