If you liked “Lady Bird” or “Superbad” or “Blockers” or “Neighbors 2,” it sounds ― based on early buzz ― like you’re going to love “Booksmart.”
The coming-of-age comedy, the directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde, premiered at South by Southwest this weekend to rave reviews. The film centers on teens Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) as they prepare to graduate from high school.
“Nobody knows that we are fun,” Molly says in the trailer, released Monday morning. “We didn’t party, because we wanted to focus on school and get into good colleges.”
“And it worked,” Amy responds.
“But the irresponsible people who partied also got into those colleges,” Molly points out. “We haven’t done anything. We haven’t broken any rules!”
So, the pair embark on a night filled with rule-breaking, partying and “giving zero F’s,” as the film’s tagline states. (You can watch the trailer, which contains strong language, below.)
Wilde told Variety on Sunday that she wanted to make a coming-of-age film because that genre was formative for her as a teen.
“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 [at Ridgemont High]’ to ‘Clueless’ to ‘Dazed and Confused,’” she said. “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.”
People who were at the Sunday premiere praised the film on Twitter. Some likened it to the 2007 comedy classic “Superbad,” while others applauded it for its smart portrayal of nerdy teen girls.
“Olivia Wilde directed a teen movie epic for every girl who did her homework in HS. Feeling so seen!” New York Times reporter Jada Yuan wrote.
Rotten Tomatoes critic Robert Daniels called the movie “hilarious, epic, and audacious. It’s like John Hughes+ ANIMAL HOUSE through an EIGHTH GRADE lens.”
Scroll down to see more reactions to “Booksmart,” which premieres nationwide May 24.
BOOKSMART: I laughed and I laughed and I cried and all I want to do is watch it all over again. @oliviawilde directed a teen movie epic for every girl who did her homework in HS. Feeling so seen! #sxsw— Jada Yuan (@jadabird) March 11, 2019
Y'all BOOKSMART is bleepin' fantastic. Olivia Wilde just murdered in her directorial feature debut. Hilarious, epic, and audacious. It's like John Hughes+ ANIMAL HOUSE through an EIGHTH GRADE lens. #SXSW#SXSW2019#Booksmart— Robert Daniels @ SXSW (@812filmreviews) March 11, 2019
BOOKSMART: so refreshing to see a female fronted teen film which takes the familiar “one crazy night” premise but subverts the usual tropes. Great celebration of female friendships by @oliviawilde... And so fun to see with this festival crowd! Interview soon on @Fandango#SXSW19pic.twitter.com/EdnZ3DMUy4— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) March 11, 2019
I loved every inch of #Booksmart. A killer brew of high school party comedy crammed with true true true female friendship feelings. There are visually stunning scenes where @oliviawilde is just straight up flexing her impressive first-time director muscles. #SXSW— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) March 11, 2019
BOOKSMART: Holy cow, did Olivia Wilde just direct the funniest and sweetest high school comedy I’ve seen in a long time? Bowled over by this reeeally fucking funny and reeeally fucking honest movie.— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) March 11, 2019
Booksmart’s positive reception is overwhelming and surreal. Damn you guys. This is a fun one. May 24th ️🧡 Trailer is out now @Booksmart— Diana Silvers (@dianasilvers13) March 11, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.