Released: May 24
Cast: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Jason Sudeikis
Director: Olivia Wilde
Why it's great: Ever since Superbad came out in 2007, there were calls for a female version of the Apatovian classic. A lot of comedies in the interim have come close -- see, for instance, last year's Blockers -- but none has felt like a true heir. And then Booksmart came along. Olivia Wilde's directorial debut is the raucously hilarious story of two high achieving high school seniors, Molly and Amy, who have spent the past four years of their lives studying to maximize their chances of getting into their preferred prestigious Ivy League colleges. When the movie opens, they've met their goals. Amy's off to Columbia, while Molly's headed to Yale. Sure, they are sort of social pariahs, but who cares? They don't -- until Molly discovers that a bunch of the popular kids are also going to really good schools. So, determined to have at least one reckless evening, Molly convinces her BFF to go to a party. Unfortunately, getting there isn't that easy. Given that they aren't close enough friends with any of their peers to get the actual address for the big event, their night turns into an odyssey throughout Southern California, landing them in increasingly ludicrous situations. This coming-of-age story is incredibly well acted: Feldstein and Dever land every punchline even as they convey the strains of a meaningful female friendship, and it's almost unfair to single out a supporting performance because they are all perfect gems, but f you're twisting our arm, we'll pick one: Billie Lourd as a druggie, almost magical rich kid, is brilliant. But Wilde also infuses the movie with a gorgeous, nostalgic energy.
Where to watch: Buy on Amazon or iTunes