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: 7.5
Director: Olivia Wilde
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 95 out of 361 found boring (26.31%)

One-line Reviews (182)

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

The Marx Brothers were the comedy working against the boring straight world of people who took themselves too seriously.

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

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

Waste of time.

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

Tedious .

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

An Unexpected Joy .

Unfunny, Cliche and Predictable .

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

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.

extremely repulsive and cliche driven

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

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

Horribly boring leads!

Waste of time and money .

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

just confusing .

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

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

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

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.

It's the only film I have ever walked out of - and I've seen the new Godzilla!

Empty, shallow, a cheap imitation of better movies.

Was bored & thinking what a waste of time.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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

Worst movie I've seen since Tropic Thunder.

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

It's always enjoyable, too.

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

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

This movie is Banal retentive.

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

Save your money and self respect.

So bad, so unfunny and just utterly pointless.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

But, also engaging to watch.

Starts slow, ends amazingly well.

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

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

Light and enjoyable to watch, I loved it!

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

The films jokes were cliche and eye rolling.

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

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

I almost walked out 3 times .

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

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

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!

Its a fresh coming of age/teenage partying story.

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.

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

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.

It was predictable.

Each one is sketched out in a way that is so compelling, and I wanted to immerse myself in this world.

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

Bland and Forced .

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

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

Coming of age .

A Good Coming of Age Movie .

This was an unexpected gem.

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.

And all that feminist propaganda was unbearable at times.

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.

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 also consistently entertaining.

Unexpected fantastically great movie similar to superbad .

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

What a complete waste of time.

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

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

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

Best coming of age.

Don't waste your time....

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.

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

What a stunning surprise I got.

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

Please dont waste your time on this movoe .

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.

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

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

Another boring coming of age for whining millenials.

Don't waste your time on this stinkbomb.

Worst movie!

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

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

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

It is difficult to tell if the filmmakers allowed the actors to riff at times and go off-script, but there were scenes of snappy, quick-witted dialogue that felt improvised.

Predictable, cliche, not funny.

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

Unoriginal boring movie marketed as being fun movie.

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.

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

Don't waste your money.

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...

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.

Brainless coming of age .

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

Waste of money!

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 :)

This was such a boring comedy.

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

I highly recommend it.

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

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

Here for the first time we left early .

Cute but formulaic .

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

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

I left the theater happy and hopeful.

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.

Overall a solidly good coming of age comedy.

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.

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.

A very much waste of time and money.

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

Some very funny moments but overall rather disjointed .

unwatchable men-hating trash .

Gay propaganda .

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

The cast is amazing and the story was entertaining.

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.

Fun and enjoyable.

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

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

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.

Dont waste your time and money.

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

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

Don't waste your time .

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

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?

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.

Really enjoyable characters.

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

ho hum!

Left early.

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

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).

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

' But nevertheless an enjoyable film anyways.

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.

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

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

Smutty Confusion .

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

"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.

Don't waste your money

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

An entertaining comedy with a superb supporting cast.

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

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

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

Still, if you are looking for a really entertaining coming of age flick, this one is for you.

It was both tiresome and tiring.

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

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.

Very boring, drawn out supposed comedy.


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

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


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.