We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.
Read more and listen to the full episode below to hear us talk about “Booksmart,” a movie that feels like a 2019 update of “Superbad” in the best way possible.
This week we are talking about “Booksmart.” It’s the full length directorial debut from Olivia Wilde. “Booksmart” follows two lead characters Molly and Amy, who have spent their high school years getting the right grades, picking the right electives, and sacrificing their free time for future success.
On the last day of high-school they realize that some of their classmates haven’t sacrificed as much and have gotten just as far and now they want to make up for all that lost time in one night and show their friends that they are more than just booksmart.
It is the directorial debut from Olivia Wild and has a sharp script from writers Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman. Cameos fly in from Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Williams, Will Forte and Lisa Kudrow, but the whole thing shines through the acting of the two leads played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.
“Booksmart” is simultaneously a movie that has been made a dozen times before, but also, a movie that has never been made. In the podcast Kpolly cites reels of movies that have have done this same thing and I make the case that it’s brilliant, since it captures this moment in time like none other.
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