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BOOKSMART

When I was first introduced to Booksmart someone said to me “It’s like the female Superbad”. Honestly, that made me not want to see it. I loved Superbad but I’m tired of movies with female leads being forced to stick to a formula that was tested and certified to be successful by men first. As if to say, “if we take a risk on women, let’s make sure all other variables are secure first.” But I wanted to support the box office, so I went reluctantly.

As the movie began I rolled my eyes anticipating the onslaught of millennial jargon, soulless social media quips and choppy acting as a result of a director telling the female leads to just be more like Michael Cera and Jonah Hill (as was the case with the recent remake of Ghostbusters).

Man was I wrong.

Booksmart is a one of a kind. Sure, it follows a Hollywood formula (name me one movie that doesn’t); two best friends attempt one last chance to be young and wild before their paths diverge. They fail, they fight, they make-up and they learn a lesson. However, how the formula was filled in is unique and refreshing. Maybe because it was written by four women (Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman, Emily Halpern) and directed by Olivia Wilde for two female leads (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein). By women for women? Maybe it’s happened before but this is untouched (pun intended). It is modern and makes up for lost time for women representation in films. And, if you don’t care about that, it is simply hilarious. It’s super good.

Shout out to Fataboom. You can see their song ‘Double Rum Cola’ in the last day of school slow motion scene. Jake credit is one of three of the Fataboom and current Boom Chicago student!

 

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