Movie Review - Booksmart

I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been busy with school, I saw Endgame twice, I got reservations to visit Galaxy’s Edge, and I saw an early screening of Booksmart. A movie that currently has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I doubt it’s gonna stay like that. I’m gonna be honest. I cannot for the life of me understand what people see in this film. It is absolutely abysmal. This is one of the worst movies I’ve seen this year so far.

It’s about two girls who are about to graduate high school, but before graduation, they decided to go to a party since they feel like they’ve been focusing too much on their academics and not enough on having fun. Meanwhile, one of them has a crush on another girl. Anyway, I’ll start by saying that I found only one character in this entire film to be likeable. That’s Amy. I found her very easy to relate to. I’m sure most people have gone through what she’s going through. Wanting to get together with someone you love. And I’m sure anyone in the LGBT community can definitely relate. I’m not part of that community, but I was still able to understand her feelings. I felt sorry for her at times. She also seems to be the only character who is sane for the most part. Considering all of the other characters are so painfully obnoxious. I hated them so much. They’re all so over the top to the point where it’s ridiculous. It’s like they felt the need to exaggerate their personality traits as much as possible. It doesn’t help that one of these characters happens to be the best friend of Amy. I have no idea why Amy even has her as a friend. Just about every situation the two characters get into is because of her. The worst part, Amy even calls her out on this. She shouts at her for being a bad friend, and she’s totally right. If I were her, I would’ve ditched her permanently, but they just had to go though cliché route and have them make up. Yeah, they try to redeem the best friend, but it doesn’t feel earned.

Also, since this is an R rated comedy film about teenagers, they resort to using a bunch of raunchy humor that, for the most part, don’t serve much of a purpose. There’s constant drug use, constant talk about sex, and the F word is said hundreds of times. It’s funny because it’s inappropriate. Ha ha. They spend a good chunk of the movie with the two main characters trying to get to the party and most of it feels like filler just to make this movie longer than it should be. The movie is barely over the hundred minute mark, but it could’ve easily just been an hour. We didn’t need a scene with the girls turning into stop motion dolls. We didn’t need an overly long scene with Amy swimming. It doesn’t add anything. There’s virtually no plot. It’s just a bunch of things that happen. Then there’s the ending. I won’t say what happens, but it’s a complete cop out and the movie basically chickened out at the last second. It made me genuinely angry. Especially since it ruined what was kinda an emotional moment.

I don’t know why people like this movie so much. The characters are terrible, the pacing is terrible, and the ending is infuriating. If I were you, I’d stay as far away from Booksmart as possible. Next time, I’ll be ranting about a certain scene from Endgame that made me roll my eyes. I’ll also be doing a review of Detective Pikachu.

Score: 2/10


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