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Good morning, winner. Take a deep breath. Visualize the mountain of your success and look down at everyone who’s ever doubted you. Fuck those losers. Fuck them in their stupid fucking faces.

And that is how teenagers think. Booksmart is a coming-of-age teenage film which actually feels like it is about real-life teenagers. This shouldn’t be revolutionary, but it is and it’s awesome. It also features two female leads. TWO! And they talk about stuff other than boys. Wild! Booksmart is an honest portrayal of what it’s like to be a teenage girl, and it feels so good to see that on screen.

The directorial debut of Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is the story of two nerds named Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Denver). They’re marching through High School with a determined holier-than-thou attitude.

After overhearing her classmates mocking her, Molly busts out with “You know what, my vag is stuffed with diplomas. Soon it’s going to be stuffed with job offers … So, I like my choices, and wherever you three are next year, I hope you do too.”

It doesn’t take long till she realises that all of her peers are going to great Universities despite all the parties and goofing off. So much for being holier than thou.

Our heroes decide to chuck their attitude and pack four years of parties into the night before graduation. The only difference between Molly and Amy and my actual life is I didn’t lose the holier than thou attitude until after High School. Whoops. If only Booksmart existed when I was in High School. Molly and Amy kick off one long wild night of trying to join the party.

I would stop short of saying I love this film, because I do have a few bones to pick. Booksmart is still a ‘shiny happy people’ film. Let’s be honest, we see movies about rich people in California all the time and it’s a bit boring.

When Molly and Amy encounter their school principal, Mr. Brown (Jason Sudeikis), moonlighting as a Lyft driver, he is treated like a joke. Gay characters are accepted without a blink by their peers. This is good, it’s the way things should be. But real life usually isn’t quite so kind. These problems dim through the movie’s lens of crude humour and silliness, but they’re still problems.

I went to see this movie with my best friend and we gigglesnorted our way through the whole thing. At the end we agreed this had to be one of the most realistic portrayals of female friendship we’d ever seen on screen. When it’s all said and done, it’s a step forward. Thank you, Olivia Wilde! I can’t wait to see what you do next.

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