Friendship is something that goes through trials and tribulations. As life passes and things change, the bonds get tested and only through work, communication, and understanding that is sometimes absent in the modern flow of life. That’s what today’s review focuses on in regards to the movie, one that looked like a superficial party comedy on the surface. Yet, the trailer editors know how to make us look so to speak, and yours truly is here to give some insight into the latest silver screen studio. Let’s get started, as we review:
- Funny At Times
- Relevant To Many Audience Members
- Good Pacing
- Great Acting Chemistry
- Surprisingly Deep
- Lazy Writing At Times
- A Little Too Extreme
- The Trailers Have Revealed A Lot
- The Glorification Of Reckless Behavior
Fans Who Like These May Like These Movies:
- Generation X
- Night Before
- Step Brothers
- The Hustle
- The Hangover Trilogy
Booksmart delivers on the promise of being funny, making sure to jam pack the adventure with as much slapstick and crude commentary as possible. And while much of the writing is geared towards trying to use modern, aggressive comedy of swearing, ridiculous metaphors, and meme worthy phrases, it does so in a manner that isn’t the same overwhelming manner that this genre throws at us, okay at least not in the same extent. Booksmart takes the adventurous aspect of the Hangover and curves it to a better plot and more focused on the broader audience. 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. 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. Thus, the adventure is gloriously displayed to be both entertaining and meaningful. Yet, the biggest pillar of strength for this tale is the chemistry between Dever and Feldstein, who manage the break the awkward barriers of best friends in high school, and somehow unleash 18 years of friendship in a short time. It’s through these two that many political and story-based components are artistically brought out, and with their skills adds that surprisingly deep aspect to a film that looked so ridiculous from the trailers. And perhaps it is that deeper aspect that works so well for me to help ground the silliness.
Yet with all the good, there are some limitations to this film that take away from the enjoyment. First, the lazy writing component. Clever writing and puns for slang and stupidity are enjoyable, but with every word getting bombarded with cursing… that is where you lose me. Overdoing some of the curse bombs gets old and takes away from the imaginative dialogue Booksmart holds and I had hoped for a little deviation. 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. In addition, there presentation of stereotypes and other personal, political issues sometimes are a little to full frontal mode, pushing the boundaries to details that may not be as pertinent to the story, but also to uncomfortable levels who don’t like displays of affection. And sadly, I had hoped the predictability of where these acts were going would have had more twists, but sadly the trailers have ruined much of the movie’s acts, only leaving a little to uncover at the end. It’s this factor of how much has been revealed alongside the glorification that breaking rules/acting the way these kids do is the factor of life that adds meaning that probably were the things I enjoyed the least. Thankfully, there are better life lessons to try to overshadow these.
In conclusion, the movie turns out to be a deeper adventure than I anticipated. It’s going to hit the teen and young adult audiences well, alongside those that value friendship. Fantastic acting and pacing help spin this tale to better levels and I for one enjoyed the tale presented. Still, the entertainment value that glorified the reckless behavior was probably not the motif to also drown the film in either. It is still got the predictable plot and curse obsessive writing, but this reviewer was happy with the presentation and gives this one the nod of approval for a theater visit with friends. Just be prepared for some very aggressive comedy and sequences that may not appeal to more conservative and sheltered groups, or you might find yourself very uncomfortable.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 6.5