by Emily Worrell Having seen plenty of high school films ranging from The Breakfast Club to Juno to Superbad, I always find it interesting when a film of this genre comes along with a promise to bring something fresh and new to what is considered a supersaturated market. When Booksmart trailers initially dropped, I was intrigued: this, for once, genuinely looked like something actually new and interesting that would show a different perspective than the average high school film. Given that and its stellar rotten tomatoes score, I decided to see it and was surprised to discover that the film took place over the course of one night. My expectations automatically dropped drastically after that; before this film, I had never seen a one-night film that actually worked and didn’t think it could even be done. Booksmart proved me wrong. So, what does Booksmart do so right that similar films do wrong? What puts Booksmart above other films trying to cash in on the trend of the one-night teen movie?
The high school movie for the 99%