FILM REVIEW: Booksmart

Back in 2007, Jonah Hill led his trio of nerdy friends on a quest to make the most of their final days of high school at the biggest party of the year.

The film was Superbad and the impact was immediate - a teen comedy classic was born.

Now, 12 years later, Hill's little sister Beanie Feldstein - an emerging comedy superstar in her own right - is leading the crazy-high-school-party-night genre for a new generation in Booksmart.

The film also serves as Olivia Wilde's directorial debut.

Booksmart follows Feldstein's Molly and Kaitlyn Dever's Amy as two super-smart, driven, dedicated soon-to-be high school graduates whose entire perspective on life has been shaken by the revelation that all their peers who partied through their education have gotten into colleges just as prestigious as them. Determined to have one night of reckless fun before their school career ends, the girls decide to head to the must-attend pre-graduation party.

Straight A's: Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as Amy and Molly in Olivia Wilde's directorial debut Booksmart, rated MA15+, in cinemas now.

Straight A's: Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as Amy and Molly in Olivia Wilde's directorial debut Booksmart, rated MA15+, in cinemas now.

But, of course, this is not as simple as it sounds and all kinds of hijinks ensue.

Where Superbad was very much frat boy humour and didn't have much in the way of a feminist streak, Booksmart is all about the feminist-friendly laughs.

This is brilliant, and proves that you can be socially aware and uproariously funny.

There is nothing preachy about Booksmart - it's just a comedy that's very aware of the zeitgeist and doesn't fall into the 'everything's-about-technology-with-teens' trap.

Like The Breakfast Club before it, Booksmart sets up the character stereotypes early and spends the rest of the film breaking them down.

Aside from the on-point social commentary, the film is just genuinely funny.

There's an Alanis Morissette-fuelled karaoke scene that is quite hilarious, a cringe-inducing moment with a stuffed panda toy, awkward encounters with teachers outside of school and a whole lot more to laugh at.

The leading ladies are supported by an excellent extended cast, featuring Billie Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis and more.

Fair warning, this film has a lot of crude references - probably not the best choice for the littlies these school holidays.

Rating: 7/10