School's out and it's time to party in "Booksmart."
Olivia Wilde makes her directorial debut with this coming-of-age film that's part "Lady Bird," part "Superbad." Best friends Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) have worked all through high school to get good grades and get into good colleges, but on their last day, they realize the kids who partied also got into good colleges.
"Nobody knows that we are fun," Molly says. "We haven't done anything! We haven't broken any rules!" Well, a bunch of them are about to get broken.
The movie got rave reviews after premiering at SXSW and it seems Wilde is following the Greta Gerwig mold of a great actress turning into a great director. It doesn't hurt that she worked with two of the best up-and-coming performers in Dever ("Justified," "Short Term 12") and Feldstein ("Lady Bird," also Jonah Hill's sister).
"Booksmart" opens in theaters May 24.
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