Since its debut at SXSW, “Booksmart” has been gaining lots of hype. As of this writing, it holds a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100% positive reviews and has been compared to comedic successes like “Superbad.” Based around two nerdy, straight-A students who decide to use their last night in high school to make up for all the antics that they missed out on while they were busy studying, this film takes the “one wild night out” cliché and reinvents it for the modern audience.
While the premise of “Booksmart” carries the potential for comedic gold, it is the chemistry between Beanie Feldstein (“Lady Bird”) and Kaitlyn Denver (“Justified”), as well as the confident directing of Olivia Wilde, that will really sell this film. As Wilde’s directorial debut, this could establish her with a solid reputation as a filmmaker in a genre that has typically been male-dominated.
Gender - Dynamic - Way - Booksmart
This gender dynamic is one way that “Booksmart” is clearly a modern...