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Review of Booksmart (5 of 5 Stars)

By Ali Coad I can hardly remember a movie I’ve enjoyed more. Booksmart is 104 minutes of heartwarming friendship, of playfulness, of strength, of jokes that land quickly and with a resounding punch. Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut doesn’t level with other high-school, coming-of-age dramadies, but rises above it. All those predictable stereotypes and tropes often prescribed to that genre do not apply to Booksmart. Above all, and perhaps best of all, this film is an ode to the revolution and power of female friendship. The story begins and ends with Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever). These two remain at the pink, tender heart of the film, and their sparkplug chemistry makes the story an easy investment; you want to see how they manage to eventually (hopefully) overcome whatever problems arise. These are women I want to know, want to befriend, want to grow with. After Molly, valedictorian and class president, discovers that the seriousness and focus that school was all for