- By Michael Jacobo
- Photo Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures
Who in their senior year of high school wished they had partied more? I for one wish I had actually studied more. But the former is the perfect movie narrative; no one wants to see young kids study, they want to see them take jello shots and how they do with their first keg stand. Now, these types of stories have been done before, but Olivia Wilde promises to deliver a different approach to the genre this month.
In her directorial debut, Booksmart follows two female best friends whom on their last day of high school, struggle to make up for lost time. Hilarity ensues. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, my final pitch is this: it’s Ladybird meets Superbad. That’d surely do it. Starring as our two heroines are Kaitlyn Denver (Short Term 12, Last Man Standing) and Beanie Feldstein (who was in Ladybird and is Jonah Hill’s little sister!). Rounding out the cast are Jason Sudeikis and Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Billie Lourd (Scream Queens).
What Wilde has apparently done is delivered the typical run of the mill teenage flick, but one that’s an ode to our teenage years with a bittersweet touch. Because actually, we should be worried if on the last days of high school we think we hadn’t done enough, because we are never going to get a chance to relive those days again.
“Booksmart” hits theaters on May 24th.