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: 7.3
Director: Olivia Wilde
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 132 out of 534 found boring (24.71%)

One-line Reviews (253)

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

Light and enjoyable to watch, I loved it!

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.

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

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.

Don't waste your money

Formulaic with a twist .

Waste of time and money .

It's extremely entertaining.

Please dont waste your time on this movoe .

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.

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

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

Save your money.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Don't waste your time too!

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

This is a coming of age Drama Comedy.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Don't waste your time....

Really enjoyable characters.

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

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

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

And all that feminist propaganda was unbearable at times.

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

Tedious .

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

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

Some very funny moments but overall rather disjointed .

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

Overall a solidly good coming of age comedy.

It was predictable.

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

just confusing .

ZzzZzzZzzz .

Don't waste your time .

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

It was both tiresome and tiring.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Unexpected fantastically great movie similar to superbad .

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

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

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

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

A Good Coming of Age Movie .

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

Coming of age .

This was an unexpected gem.

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.

Another boring coming of age for whining millenials.

Smutty Confusion .

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.

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.

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

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

It's entertaining.

Cliche, could be funny for somebody .

Save your money and self respect.

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

That is the basic and banal plot of this film.

worst movie I've seen in quite sometime.

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

A very much waste of time and money.

Also, very predictable with a super annoying lead

Was bored & thinking what a waste of time.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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 is so boring...

Left early.

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

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

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

Such a waste of time .

Worst movie!

ho hum!

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

Horribly boring leads!

Very boring, drawn out supposed comedy.

Dont waste your time and money.

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

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

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.

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.

Here for the first time we left early .

"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.

Empty, shallow, a cheap imitation of better movies.

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

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

This movie is Banal retentive.

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.

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

'Booksmart' is supremely enjoyable throughout.

Waste of time and money .

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.

Best coming of age.

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.

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

Comedy coming of age that is barely watchable .

It's also consistently entertaining.

A solid coming of age comedy.

Waste of time .

Fun and enjoyable.

But it dragged a lot in the first half.

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

Entertaining .

Brainless coming of age .

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.

An entertaining comedy with a superb supporting cast.

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

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.

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

Unoriginal boring movie marketed as being fun movie.

Cliché much.

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

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

Okay, I really don't know why I watched this but believe me when I say I couldn't wait for it to end, straight-up torture and kind-of waste of time.

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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.

It's always enjoyable, too.

Predictable, cliche, not funny.

I literally walked out halfway through...

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

Bland and Forced .

We were bored and walked out.

Completely disjointed.

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

I almost walked out 3 times .

Cute but formulaic .

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

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.

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

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

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

Bored to freaking death!

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

But, also engaging to watch.

I highly recommend it.


Complete waste of time and money!


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

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

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 .

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...

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

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.

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

Unfunny, Cliche and Predictable .

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

well worth watching .

Don't waste your time on this stinkbomb.

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

Worst movie I've seen since Tropic Thunder.

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

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?

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

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).

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

An Unexpected Joy .

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.

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

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

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

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.

Waste of time.

The cast is amazing and the story was entertaining.

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

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 :)

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

Unfunny and boring.

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

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

unwatchable men-hating trash .

Boring, humorless, vile...

Plot felt disjointed.

What a stunning surprise I got.

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

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

Such a waste of time.

What a complete waste of time.

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

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.

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.

' But nevertheless an enjoyable film anyways.

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.

I left the theater happy and hopeful.

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.

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

Don't waste your money.

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

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

Its a fresh coming of age/teenage partying story.

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

Starts slow, ends amazingly well.

So bad, so unfunny and just utterly pointless.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

extremely repulsive and cliche driven

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

This was offensive and bland.

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

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

Waste of money!

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.

This was such a boring comedy.

Worst movie!