‘Booksmart’ Is the Movie You Wish Had Existed When You Were a Teen
The (anti)heroines of Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s relentlessly charming directorial debut, are bookish indeed. But that doesn’t mean they’re uncomfortable in their skin—at least not completely. Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, the revelation of Lady Bird) are straight-A students joined at the hip against the cool and, therefore, to their minds, idiotic popular kids at school. Their peers, they assume, are too busy partying, playing sports, or spending their parents’ money to study and think of their future.