Best friends and academic overachievers, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up over their play-minded peers. But, on the eve of their graduation, these type-A ride-or-dies get a hardcore reality check and realize they may have missed out. Determined to make up for lost time, they decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure no amount of book smarts could prepare them for. Annapurna Pictures presents in association with Gloria Sanchez Productions, Booksmart.
The film’s ensemble cast is led by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein alongside rising newcomers Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Skyler Gisondo, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers, Mason Gooding, Victoria Ruesga, Austin Crute, Eduardo Franco and Nico Hiraga. The film also stars Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow and Will Forte. Making her directorial debut is Olivia Wilde. Katie Silberman penned the script along with previous writers Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel.
Booksmart is a fresh, unfiltered, original comedy and coming-of-age tale about your high school ride-or-die. “From the beginning, my take on the story was that high school has extremely high stakes,” says director Olivia Wilde. “When you’re in it, high school feels like life or death. I wanted to approach this film the same way a director would approach a high-octane action movie,” continues Wilde. “I wanted it to feel like a buddy cop movie, where it’s about partners who have each other’s backs no matter what. They can be very different people who can support each other, complete each other, but within a high-stakes environment. We took inspiration from Beverly Hills Cop, Training Day and Lethal Weapon. Basically, Booksmart is a relationship movie, set in a high school environment that reflects just how high the stakes truly are during that period of our lives.”
When you see this movie, you will understand exactly what all the fuss is about.
Please enjoy my interview with Olivia Wilde and the cast of Booksmart. Go see this film! (I promise, you’ll thank me.)