Raunchy comedies are a staple of the teen movie genre. Think of the likes of Superbad, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, or American Pie. What’s lacking in these movies, however, is any good LGBTI representation.
Actor Olivia Wilde is changing that with her directorial debut, Booksmart.
Booksmart follows two teen best friends, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, who appeared in the critically acclaimed teen movie Lady Bird), and their final days of high school. They’ve spent their entire high school careers focused on their education and getting into a good college.
Now, they’re ready to break some rules.
Amy is not straight — and the trailer has no problem embracing that.
‘She’s got a really cute smile,’ Amy says about another girl at their high school.
Suddenly Molly is at her side with encouragement: ‘Do you know how many girls are going to be up your vagina next year? Every time I come to visit you, you’re going to be scissoring a different girl.’
Which is when Amy tells Molly matter-of-factly that scissoring is not a thing. ‘Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,’ Molly responds.
Booksmart premiered at the festival South by Southwest this weekend to rave reviews.
BOOKSMART and GOOD BOYS prove you can make filthy comedy without demeaning or belittling women, minorities, or LGBTQ folks. You just have to put in the effort. And, you know, be funny.
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) March 12, 2019
Uhhhh holy shit BOOKSMART is a masterpiece? #SXSW
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) March 11, 2019
‘I really wanted to direct a movie for younger people to kind of be a generational anthem. I really benefited from watching those movies — everything from Fast Times to Clueless to Dazed and Confused,’ Wilde told Variety.
‘They really helped us contextualize the experience of being young, being a kid, being different. And I wanted to make something like that for this generation.’
Wilde is best known for playing bisexual doctor Thirteen on House and appearing in movies like Drinking Buddies and Tron: Legacy.
She also cast her fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, in Booksmart.
Author: Anya Crittenton
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