REVIEW: Booksmart a hilariously vulgar female empowerment flick

This debut film from hilarious actress Olivia Wilde is the most genuine, quick-witted and wickedly hilarious movie of the year.

It’s quite literally the funniest movie since Superbad, and is going to be a comedy classic.

Co-leads Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are so dynamic — so incredibly talented — that each second their on-screen felt like I was watching women coming into their own as bonafide movie stars.

Dever sheds her sitcom skin and breaks away from Tim Allen vehicle Last Man Standing to shine all on her own here.

Feldstein is the more confident, foul-mouthed counterpart who is an absolute treasure to watch. She reminds me of young Jonah Hill — with twice the assured conviction in her talents.

They star as two high school girls who realize they didn’t party nearly as much as they should have, and set out to cram four years of rollicking fun into the eve before their graduation.

From a few fantastic cameos from Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Wilde’s husband, Jason Sudeikis, to the hilarious performances of the younger cast, everyone is top-tier.

Skyler Gisondo (of Santa Clarita Diet fame), Billie Lourd (daughter of Carrie Fisher) and a welcome return to the big screen for Real O’Neals breakout Noah Galvin are definite standouts.

This isn’t just a funny film, but a movie that will outlast others of its kind and be a marker for the comedic prowess of this generation. From the way it celebrates femininity and coming-of-age to how it handles LGBTQ+ characters, it’s so culturally significant.

Hilarious, quirky and with a memorable cast, it will be remembered as an incredible comedic showcase for decades to come. Mark my words.

4.5/5 Stars

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