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There are certain kinds of films that we have seen over and over. The coming of age film would definitely fall under this category. So, how do you make a film that feels different even though it is using the same basic framework. If you are Booksmart, you come up with two memorable characters who share an absolutely incredible friendship. Directed by debutant Olivia Wilde with a script from Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman, Booksmart is a funny, realistic take on high school that will resonate with many. If last year we had Eighth Grade, this year belongs to the charm of Booksmart that gives us a friendship for the ages. You can write all the great characters you want but unless you have the actors to pull them off, it will not work.
This is where Booksmart gifted in that it has two outstanding young actors in Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. The chemistry between both of them is palpable and it feels very real and lived-in. This makes us root for them and we feel like we know them personally. Though we can predict what is going to happen within the framework of this kind of a film, the two leads keep it engaging and in many places it is truly hilarious. Watching Booksmart you are sure to be reminded of the greatest friendships from the cinematic world and that is a good thing. I would really like to see a sequel to this film where we catch up with the characters again. You just do not want to stop hanging out with these people and that is the highest praise that I can shower on the film. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, watching this film will give you something to connect with.
Until next time, bye.