Booksmart (2019) - Comedy

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On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Olivia Wilde
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 163 out of 652 found boring (25%)

One-line Reviews (313)

Overall, a hilarious and heartwarming coming of age comedy that I highly recommend.

Entertaining .

One of the most entertaining and enjoyable pictures of the year .

Such a waste of time.

One of the worst movies I've seen this year, so cringy

A very much waste of time and money.

It's a colorful movie that attempts to trash some cliche's and succeeds by proving that can be refreshingly entertaining.

Im positive they can create engaging stories with female leads.

A comedy coming of age film with female leads is refreshing and looked like a promising follow on from Superbad and Project X.

Possibly the worst movie I've ever watched to the end .

When I was a teenager the term, 'coming of age,' meant nothing because we were the age.

Brainless coming of age .

Horribly boring leads!

Very boring, drawn out supposed comedy.

Cute but formulaic .

However, it is fun and hilarious and I enjoyed it so much.

It's not some masterpiece of message or metaphor, but it really solidly made for a funny and entertaining comedy.

i really wanted to like it more, but i was kinda bored.

yes its the art of verbal epoglytal humour that dominates this comedy, and it comes in such cascades, you might think the hoover dam has cracked open, or they went empty of tobacco and did the weed bare with ice at the end.

But they don't even know the address and, in the process of trying to find the place, come across as series of fascinating experiences.

Every so often I try to sample a contemporary Hollywood movie, hoping for an entertaining reward.

Amy and Molly (Dever and Feldstein) are considered pretentious by their hard-partying high school peers and even their principal (Jason Sudeikis, Wilde's husband who turns in a great performance as always).

The actual movie was slow, boring, and not at all funny.

Its a fresh coming of age/teenage partying story.

I would certainly put it in the top 10 coming of age movies and would recommend it to anyone

I made it 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 26 seconds before I realized this movie is going nowhere.

ZzzZzzZzzz .

Other than that, prepare yourself for an unpredictable, hilarious, heartfelt take on the fun and confusion of being a modern teen.

It's extremely entertaining.

Unfunny, Cliche and Predictable .

Left early.

Formulaic with a twist .

A Good Coming of Age Movie .

Yeah, there was sort of a weak bit of maturation tacked on there at the end, but you'll miss it if you blink or more likely, have fallen asleep by that point of this incredibly tedious and predictable high school comedy.

Caricatures in contrived situations.

The cinematography was beautiful and outstanding especially from a comedy movie which makes it even more entertaining and new.

It was such a predictable turn out of events.

I almost walked out 3 times .

While it can be rather predictable, this never seems like much of a problem because of the very 21st century spin on the world and characters that makes the whole affair feel rather fresh.

It's funny, has great music and was entertaining.

The actors where charming, the plot was mostly entertaining, even if the pacing could have been better, and there was some nice cinematography.

Tedious .

It's effectively fast paced without being too fast paced.

We saw a sneak preview of the film and we really enjoyed it.

Anyway, Booksmart is disordered, sometimes funny, slow mo-ed, and a hot mess script-wise.

Bland and Forced .

I expected a comedy and what I got was a contrived, foolish attempt at capturing high school culture.

This movie was enjoyable.

It's entertaining.

Worst movie!

Although I want to describe Booksmart as a "coming of age" tale or something like that, phrases like that feel very trite and insipid to me.

This movie is Banal retentive.

Unlike the brilliant 2017 coming of age movie Lady Bird ,which had plenty of humour and teenage angst this movie relies on at times gross Bridesmaids style humour and an ear splitting soundtrack that even overrides one of the most important scenes in the film.

Beanie Feldstein (had to learn her name) is so particularly exasperating that I thought of poking my eyes out during the many tiresome interventions she has.

extremely repulsive and cliche driven

This was lame, predictable and a pathetic attempt at humor.

Not a film for everyone, it's a quirky new school coming of age graduation journey, has a great soundtrack, some great performances and is very funny in a non mainstream way :)

Some movies can be carried by just bright characters , but not if they are so unrealistic, hateful, stupid and pointless like this one.

Olivia Wilde nails her directorial debut by putting a fun, fresh and female spin on the high school coming of age story with a hilarious script and fantastic performances from .

Waste of money!

Was bored & thinking what a waste of time.

Your basic teen romp coming of age comedy with girls instead of guys.

I literally walked out halfway through...

Here's my rrccomendaotion, just save your money or buy a DVD of SuperBad, and enjoy a real coming-of-age comedy, that is - funny!

PROS:Kaitlyn Dever And Beanie Feldstein's Brilliant PerformancesOlivia Wilde's Strong And Stylish DirectingStrong Supporting Cast (Billie Lourd Steals The Movie)The Hilarious ScriptIt Subverts (Some) Cliches (Also Subverts Stereotypes)The Drama Is Suprisingly AffectiveAn Hilarious Drug SceneCONS:It's A Bit Predictable At PlacesA Scene Of Brilliant Acting Was Ruined By Muted Dialogue And A Pop Song Playing Over It

It's funny, charming and easy to watch, the story of the movie is slightly predictable and you can see what's going on before it's even happened and you've probably seen similar films like this but this is up there with the best coming of age comedies.

It completely took me back to that age when I had very intense friendships with other girls, and we sometimes got too wrapped up in each other, along with the fear that growing up and moving away meant losing something special.

There's a plot point where the characters have conflict and it felt like the film was changing back to the cliche YA films it pulls from.

Booksmart is actor turned first time director Olivia Wilde's coming of age tale set on the last day at a Los Angeles high school in an upscale neighborhood.

It's not quite to the same quality as those two films but does have many laugh out loud moments, is an enjoyable film and worthy of a watch.

This was an unexpected gem.

Unexpected fantastically great movie similar to superbad .

I think it's just the strange humor that made it enjoyable.

I heard comparisons to American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, two teen coming of age films firmly based in reality, However, you can tell within the first few minutes that this film is pure Hollywood fantasy, from the overt "diversity" stunt casting and political agenda ( you can see it plastered all over the film), the contrived comedically "punched up" dialog, and finally, the over performed acting jobs that you can see coming at you like a freight train.

Booksmart: Coming of age comedy with Kaitlyn Dever as Amy and Beanie Feldstein as Molly, two girls who studied hard through High School to get good grades and now are going to Columbia and Yale.

It was quick witted and sometimes surprising which is unexpected in a movie set in high school.

There are scenes that appear to be only an updated version of 80's style coming of age movies and perhaps the inclusion of lesbian characters in the stereotypical motley crew of students is the novelty here.

Cliche, could be funny for somebody .

Unoriginal boring movie marketed as being fun movie.

The filmmaker decided to use every comedy cliche and ramp it up to 90 aswell as every camera technique.

This is one of the worst movie I have ever seen by far.

It was both tiresome and tiring.

Though it definitely does feel random at times towards the second half, it's still worth watching for a good time.

Not sure what forces of nature combined to leave this movie with an 84 metacritic, but this movie was unfunny, boring and....

Does it want to be a gross out comedy, a teen coming of age or an indie Anericana deep thinking poignant drama.

Don't waste your hard earned money on this cliche of a film.

There is specific drab light, close up that express emotion and tell the story in a characters looks or reactions.

Billie Lourd is extremely entertaining as a deadpan waif of a classmate.

That was easily one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

worst movie I've seen in quite sometime.

Worst movie I've seen since Tropic Thunder.

This thing was lamely predictable, sadly written, unfortunately acted.

It's always enjoyable, too.

But it dragged a lot in the first half.

Don't waste your time .

For anyone who likes coming of age films that are funny it's definitely worth checking out.

There were a couple of funny scenes but overall it was just boring.

Save your money.

A really good (Insert cliche here) movie.

How this one got crazy high scores is totally amazing.. Super not funny, flat, corny and of course mainly gay promoting absolute waste of time.

Waste of time.

Molly is horrified to learn others who she sees as slackers are also headed to exciting opportunities.

So predictable from the outset and the acting is cringe worthy.

There was some great cinematography, the casting was great, and I honestly thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here's where I think it really shines and why it was also a highly enjoyable movie.

The plot was extremely predictable and while I laughed a few times, when asked later to recall when by my husband who hated every second of it I couldn't because the very few funny moments were forgettable.

It's an 8 not a 9 or 10 because it lacks some seriousness and the ending is so predictable.

And all that feminist propaganda was unbearable at times.

Really enjoyable characters.

Every time I was expecting to be bore, the writer, the director, the actors, the cameramen surprise me.

Some situations made me smile, but generally it was teenage cliche movie.

Smutty Confusion .

Raunchy, hilarious, but somehow also emotionally engaging, something I can say for the often compared Superbad.

The relationship and chemistry between the two main characters was also really really enjoyable.

Thus, the adventure is gloriously displayed to be both entertaining and meaningful.

Please dont waste your time on this movoe .

This democratic inclusion is a bold difference from the teen comedies that have favored white exclusion, outsized bullies, and boring bright nerds.

A solid coming of age comedy.

well worth watching .

From the preview, I thought I was getting a "good girls whoop it up", coming of age story.

Witty writing and some unforgettable characters made this teen gal coming of age ish movie thoroughly enjoyable.

Amy and Molly smoothly drive the screenplay through entertaining moments as well as grounded, pretty dramatic scenes.

The coming of age school comedy has been rehashed multiple times.

And there are a veritable smorgasbord of entertaining characters (Gigi is MY queen!!

Being a sucker for this type of coming of age comedy, went it, not knowing more than the trailer.

I highly recommend it.

Don't waste your time too!

"Booksmart" Review (9.5/10)Olivia Wilde nails her directorial debut by putting a fun, fresh and female spin on the high school coming of age story with a hilarious script and fantastic performances from the leads.

People complaining about cliche characters must be watching a more diverse teen comedies than me (I still see plenty).

We were bored and walked out.

What a stunning surprise I got.

this is so boring...

if you love a random pointless freak-show maybe this movie is for you.

The friendship between the two main characters was well done but their banter often felt contrived.

The movie is so dull and is not relatable at all unless you are a feminist in high school.

Fresh, entertaining, best laugh of the year .

I totally believed the message was to not judge books by their covers because one twosome was totally unexpected also, didn't expect Amy to be a lesbian.

Overall, this is an incredibly enjoyable, incredibly well executed film that is getting just a bit overhyped.

That is the basic and banal plot of this film.

Every scene is so over the top and that's what makes Booksmart so damn worth watching.

There are moments that I liked, but then things slow down and I start to drift away until the movie figures out the next step.

I am about to turn 18 and I honestly feel like I have just walked out of my Superbad.

But, also engaging to watch.

that Barbie animation sequence, OMG too good, I was in stitches.. Every second of this film was floorless, clean, pure and exciting.

Whilst I understand the choice, the students all felt a bit too cliché and stereotypical for a film that feels so fresh and current.

This movie however is very good coming of age story carried by a ton of amazing performances.

The principal charm of the movie is in it's visuals, it's shot beautifully and that made the whole experience much more enjoyable.

Watching those shallow and pretentious teens pretending to be some deep and fragile souls is absolutely annoying.

Also, very predictable with a super annoying lead

Booksmart is one of the best coming of age of all time.

I quite enjoyed it, and the audience I saw it with did too.

Forced comedy, predictable and too contemporary to stand the rest of time.

The actual plot is very simple, 2 girls felt like they wasted high school studying instead of engaging with their peers so they spend the night before graduation party hopping.

As someone who graduated high school in 2017 and was in pretty much the same situation as Amy, this movie hit me hard and I really really enjoyed it.

Throughout the entire movie the gags are predictable and cheap, making me cringe.

Plot felt disjointed.

Superbad was based on real events in the lives of the writers (Seth and Evan), but this script seemed to be contrived from THAT story.

Instead, it's crass, tasteless, cliched and boring.

This is honestly the worst movie since sausage party I'm not even gonna waste my time here

Dont waste your time and money.

Terrible acting, boring story and jokes that were so unfunny I barely laughed twice.

It's noisy, characters are annoying plus a full deck of cliche's.

Predictable, cliche, not funny.


Unlike Lady Bird or other coming of age movies, this movie had too many stereotypical punchlines.

The 2 leading actresses were entertaining and very believable that this could be their real lives.

It is also a feel-good movie about best friends; a coming of age lesbian adventure; and a film that treats the multi-coloured spectrum of modern sexual variety as something entirely normal and to be celebrated.

It's predictable, cliche, vulgar, and just plain dumb.

Don't waste your time on this stinkbomb.

Bored to freaking death!

Except for a few solid scenes, this is one of the most trite things ever put on the big screen.

But, also, from the get-go, there's more than a little disconnect in the portrayal of Amy and Molly - if they are such nerds (to use an old term for it), then why are they hip and snappy?

ho hum!

The LBGT glass is filled with a stereotypical script that is as embarrassing as it is petty and predictable.

Predictable, unrealistic, PC shilled movie.

Best coming of age.

Why!.?All the little action there is so contrived and painful that it resembles no high school ever in the existence of high schools.

It's just a funny coming of age movie, so make sure you like that before venturing out to see it.

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

This was offensive and bland.

In addition, the extreme acts of stupidity, selfishness, and debauchery of the rules potentially will inspire younger members, but sometimes steps over the lines a little too much that the debauchery was more infuriating than entertaining.

) and set pieces to keep things moving at a pleasant, enjoyable speed.

It's a fun coming of age story with its heart in the right place.

Some very funny moments but overall rather disjointed .

Just saw this film with my girlfriend and I thought this was a cute film, there were some good scenes, some funny jokes and overall it was enjoyable to an extent.

Complete waste of time and money!

Yes, but this is the first mainstream, female led, LGBTQ+ coming of age film to do so.

I can tolerate a good deal of Marvel stuff without a peep because it's basically just inoffensive and bland.


The cast is amazing and the story was entertaining.

Boring, humorless, vile...

An Unexpected Joy .

Waste of time and money .

A quirky, interesting film, slightly confused at times, however a well paced coming of age comedy about two friends and their love story, their sisterhood and their relationships.

While it was enjoyable and well done, it just didn't tickle my funny bone as much as I would have liked.

I wanted to like it really i did but I have to advise you save your money

Feldstein and Dever are very talented young actresses, making a terrific double act as the straight-A students who want to go all out, it is a nice simple story, good girls gone bad and taking a walk on the wild side, partying before they graduate, it has a great sharp-tongued script and splendid characters, leading and supporting, it does make you laugh at the right moments, and it is visually entertaining as well, including the animated sequence, all in all it is an enjoyable coming-of-age comedy.

Having seen most of the "coming of age" movies over the years, I didn't even smile a single time, let alone laugh, while I impatiently waited for the sad ordeal to end so that I could sneak into any other movie that was playing that evening.

They're some of the most (if not the most) casually, easily entertaining films.

Their sheer likability pulls you through the movie even when supporting players fail to make an impression and the plot falls back on cliché, both of which become more prevalent in a final act that wraps everything up a little too neatly.

There is something to like in Booksmart, it has a good message, some heart, and a few laughs, but pound for pound it is absolutely dwarfed by its contemporaries in the genre of teenage coming of age comedies and will likely fall into the depths of obscurity.

and even though i wasn't dying of laughter, i still enjoyed it.

We have seen these oversimplified formulaic takes on huge parties that seem to get crazier and more unrealistic with each movie.

Finally, all I have left to say is: it may not be a masterpiece, but it is enjoyable as hell if you let it.

A charlatanry of pro-feminism/inclusion propaganda as nonsensical subtext.

I think besides Hereditary, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.

This was such a boring comedy.

Everyone's "not getting it" because they're just too pretentious to lighten up a bit and just watch a feel good movie.

We have heard it all before and get incredibly bored with the repetition.

Light and enjoyable to watch, I loved it!

Unfunny and boring.

Completely disjointed.

We've all felt like the nerds at some point in our life, like the two main characters, but the high school world they lived in I just don't think exists anywhere, so, it was hard for me to accept the story they were trying to tell, which, frankly, was kind of boring and slow, with some amusing or mildly cute moments.

unwatchable men-hating trash .

Amy's romantic storyline is both unexpected and very true to her character.

It's a coming of age movie for the lgbtq focus, mostly q.

Molly is a walking cliché.

If you want to see a coming of age film with meaning see AMERICAN GRAFITTI.

Let's get started, as we review:Booksmart: (2019)Director: Olivia Wilde Writers: Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams LIKES: Funny At Times Adventurous Relevant To Many Audience Members Good Pacing Great Acting Chemistry Surprisingly DeepDISLIKES: Lazy Writing At Times A Little Too Extreme Predictable The Trailers Have Revealed A Lot The Glorification Of Reckless BehaviorFans Who Like These May Like These Movies: Generation X Night Before Step Brothers The Hustle The Hangover TrilogySUMMARY: Booksmart delivers on the promise of being funny, making sure to jam pack the adventure with as much slapstick and crude commentary as possible.

Cleverly directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is a funny and highly entertaining ode to adolescence.

Worst movie!

If only it didn't carry so many of the plot clichés of the genre (party fight, predictable reunion, empowering graduation speech).

Not the best, and definitely had it's boring moments.

Overall, it's certainly worth watching if you're into coming of age dramas and teen comedies, especially if you want to see an example that feels like it belongs in 2019 and isn't afraid to balance character and comedy.

Had to quit after 15 minutes, otherwise I would've died of boredom.

While the film was entertaining, some scenes were sexual and it seemed to have a political overtone.

It's not a big budget shock comedy its sweet, nostalgic , entertaining , has decent soundtrack and likable characters.

As the world continues to expand, the pace manages to keep in time with it so well, making sure to slow down at key development points, only to speed up again as the next transition begins.

Fun and enjoyable.

Coming of age .

Waste of time .

This is a coming of age Drama Comedy.

I walked out of Tropic Thunder and should have walked out of this one too.

Another boring coming of age for whining millenials.

Literally unfunny - utterly predictable - time you will never get back to do things more interesting like peeling the skin from your fingers.

but I literally could not make it 5 minutes in, the cringe was so unbearable.

It's also consistently entertaining.

What a complete waste of time.

An edgy and often hilarious coming of age story which left me feeling all bubbly inside.

Colorful movie that attempts to trash some cliche's and succeeds by proving that can be refreshingly entertaining .

My wife and I just saw this tonight and both genuinely enjoyed it.

Waste of time and money .

This is more like Super Bland.

Frankly, Booksmart succeeded in entertaining at first superficial glance.

And it should be required viewing for freshmen orientation at American universities seeking to brainwash students in the propaganda of diversity, inclusivity, and the opportunity for women to have a turn at controlling the reigns of power.

It was predictable.

Comedy coming of age that is barely watchable .

Despite the rather predictable plot, Booksmart features some top notch dialogue, that will keep you amused pretty much throughout.

Such a waste of time .

Two overachieving young women decide to party it up the night before high school graduation and predictable, stereotypical things happen.

I wouldn't compare it the great coming of age teen films, its more reminiscent of forgotten teen flicks like "I Love You, Beth Cooper" (2009) films with high ambitions that fall way short...

We get a bland girl's version lacking in any originality.

The casting was fantastic, and the absolute randomness of this movie was cringeworthy and entertaining.

Unfortunate waste of my time.

This is a comedy, farcical, 'coming of age' movie for teenage girls.

'Booksmart' is supremely enjoyable throughout.

As far as coming of age goes this isnt all bad ...

A waste of time and mind.

While there were several strong performances the movie was trite and there were very few laughs.

A relatable coming of age story regardless of age or gender.

The relevance of the two girl's trials should speak to many, with the other problems exposed branching out to grab the group in a surprisingly entertaining after school special approach.

Cliché stereotypical characters, unfunny forced dialogues and bland cliché unrealistic story.

Few laughs and like others have said, they're completely forgettable and predictable.

Olivia Wilde makes her directorial debut with this coming of age comedy with a script from Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman.

As you can read from my review, this film hasn't got much to provide for your cinematic pleasure, but you can still make the obnoxious effort to sit though this unfunny yet slightly entertaining feature.

Maybe because it's so much like Superbad that I couldn't get invested in this, but it's nowhere near as funny or touching as that film, or Easy A (as teen coming of age films go)

Predictable, and lacked comedic delivery.

It started off pretty slow with mild jokes that don't make sense.

A for effort, C for derivative/uninspired content, and D for over-effortfully trying to hide that empty content.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

It doesn't break through convention or proffer a message on friendship we don't already know, but that doesn't matter, Booksmart is an affecting and joyous yarn propelled by a compelling central duo.

The worst thing for a comedy is to be dumb or boring, and so for me the success in this area covers a number of sins in others.

The dialogue is corny and the plot is predictable.

Confusing little movie that starts out with a power hungry princess who wants to be Hillary or Judge Ruth and her friend who is a girl who likes girls.

' But nevertheless an enjoyable film anyways.

the cliche kids at school, the Lesbian Skater Girl, .............

An entertaining comedy with a superb supporting cast.

Don't get me wrong, it's a funny movie, I enjoyed it and the 2 lead girls are great actors.

I left the theater happy and hopeful.

The plot itself is clichéd, insipid, formulaic, and oversimplified.

Despite the banal plot (best friends having fun before the graduation), I was really well-meaning with this movie.

"Booksmart" is about two high school senior girls who decide to break out of their staid and predictable shells on the day before graduation.

I was hoping for a coming of age averagely funny flick...

Overall a solidly good coming of age comedy.

, not funny, female superbad, cliche characters; bet most teens are) I never got a chance to see this in theaters so when I finally spotted it in Redbox had to get it.

Its a coming of age movie.

It is not surprising that film critics have adored this film, writing reviews that read more like propaganda than film criticism.

But while it is still a familiar stew the ingredients are a bit different with an attempt to break some cliche's that would otherwise render the attempt to churn out another reel of sameness quite pointless.

It was funny, beautifully directed, and a captivating coming of age story that took me back to the nights before my own high school graduation.

Don't waste your money

Save your money and self respect.

Here for the first time we left early .

Sometimes it wants to be a somewhat serious drama/comedy about coming of age and sometimes it's just one of the direct to DVD American Pie sequels.

Don't waste your money.

In no world is life as boring ,geeky and contrived as what exisits here on screen!

Witty dialogue trumps predictable plot in enjoyable last day of high school coming of age romp .

The reviews compare it to super bad it is super bad if you took out the funny parts, made the casting significantly worse and made the script boring.

Don't waste your time....

However, sometimes the movie takes things too far and drags a little bit just for a joke, it can also feel repetitive at times, which if you've seen the movie then you'd know which scenes I'm talking about.

A raunchy comedy about the coming of age of two young women?

This movie kept me laughing (with just a few slow parts) and the actors were all fantastic.

I don't expect the men dogging the film to get it, because this is the rare film that bares all on the coming of age of young women.

It tries so hard to be edgy but it's just a bad cringey execution of dull jokes on the first nose with some feminist approach adapted into PC culture.

So bad, so unfunny and just utterly pointless.

Empty, shallow, a cheap imitation of better movies.

Don't waste your time.

Starts slow, ends amazingly well.

It's like an unpredictable movie in a predictable shell.

), overall this movie was a funny, entertaining, unexpected gem.

Olivia Wilde made a super enjoyable film that I'd definitely recommended to all of my female friends.

just confusing .

There's an extremely predictable dramatic twist (you'll know it when you see it) that's bad enough to elicit an actual groan from me.

The characters are universally odious characters with the possible exception of the one or two that were supposed to be odious but in fact provided the only vaguely entertaining moments of the story.