Olivia Wilde offers us a impetuous film that hides behind no standard and that fully assumes her casual and femininity.
These kinds of teenage movies where alcohol flows and the jokes under the waist abound usually disappoint by their lack of originality and relevance. The Booksmart comedy stands out here with its strong feminist movement and its crazy intelligence.
The feature film features two endearing protagonists that we identify with very quickly. The first is a lesbian, and although she has confessed to being gay in the world for two years, she has never shared a bed with another woman. The second, which does not possess the classical physique of the young first, is embarrassed to be attracted by a popular boy, with the classical beauty, of his high school. The two teenagers share an unfailing friendship that we like to see evolve as their crazy adventures unfold.
Booksmart is the first film by actress Olivia Wilde as a director. She offers us a impetuous film that hides behind no standard and that fully assumes her casual and femininity. In a genre where stupidity usually wins over the subject, the novice filmmaker manages to elevate (slightly) our mind while having fun. Her film, empathetic and refreshing, stands out with panache in a style where women are rarely the leaders.
The two leading actresses, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, are the heart and soul of this charming production. The two young women possess incredible chemistry and reveal a sincere and invincible friendship.They are surrounded on screen by talented young actors who paint a credible picture of today’s teenagers. There are very few characters that are typed and one-dimensional, yet they are the norm in these kinds of teen movies.
Despite all of its great qualities and profitable outbursts off the beaten track, a shadow still fits the picture: we would have hoped that Booksmart would make us laugh more. Comedy puts a smile on our face for 1 hour and 45 minutes, but it rarely gets past us. The writers (all women) could have surprised us more with more unusual changes. The situations portrayed in the film, although often crazy, are predictable and the ending in marshmallow, although touching, is not very revolutionary.
Booksmart still rises above most of its direct competitors and gives a legitimate place to women, a gesture that can only be applauded