Booksmart. 2019. USA. Directed by Olivia Wilde. With Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams. 105 min.
In her directorial debut, Olivia Wilde delivers a fresh take on the high school dramedy centered on an inseparable pair of over-achievers trying to cram a night of partying into their high school careers the eve of graduation, with no shortage of the genre’s misadventures and bon mots. With a razor-sharp script and standout performances by Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever (think Lucy and Ethyl by way of Abbi and Ilana), Booksmart’s takeaway on female friendship and empowerment is that figuring it out is better with a BFF. Courtesy of United Artists Releasing.