Why ‘Booksmart’ Might Be the Queer Coming-of-Age Comedy of Our Dreams

We can’t wait!

“Booksmart,” in select theaters, will be released everywhere May 24, and we’re bursting with excitement because it looks like it just might be the queer coming-of-age comedy of our dreams. The first feature directed by Olivia Wilde, it tells the story of two nerdy high school buds, Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who are determined to leave high school on a high note, partying like crazy.

Amy has been out of the closet for a bit but has not even gotten to first base (Relatable!). Could it have something to do with her incredible lack of skills? She nervously points out the sharpness of her crush’s chin instead of, you know, actually flirting (Also relatable!). Molly, meanwhile, is encouraging (“Amy, 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.”). There’s also a funny bit that shows Molly pretending to be in a romantic relationship with Amy in front of Amy’s parents. (“We’ll probably just do a Korean face mask,” Amy says, playing it down. “I don’t need to know all the words,” her supportive mother replies.)

Other things we’re excited about? Amy is not the film’s sole LGBTQ+ character, the cast will be diverse, and one of the main characters is played by an actual queer woman—Feldstein. “I think if I could have seen our film earlier, I would have found myself a bit sooner,” she told Page Six.  We can’t wait!


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