BOOKSMART is another R-rated teen comedy. Molly and her lesbian friend, Amy, are lifelong best friends who’ve spent their four years of high school avoiding any partying or a social life besides each other. On the day before graduation, Molly overhears some classmates saying they wish they could have gotten to know her or fooled around with her. Molly realizes these classmates also have made it into Ivy League schools, despite the fact they have fully indulged in partying throughout high school. Furious that she’s forced herself to miss out on everything her peers find fun in life, Molly convinces Amy to go to the biggest graduation party of the entire school.
BOOKSMART is only sporadically entertaining. BOOKSMART focuses on shredding the envelope of acceptable behavior and making it seem like all basic values have gone down the drain. It also makes an insidious point by having the lead girls constantly spout politically correct phrases and talking points, further shoving an obvious agenda on the movie’s intended teenage audience. BOOKSMART has abundant foul language and strong Anti-Christian, politically correct, feminist, and pro-homosexual elements.
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong pagan worldview with very strong Anti-Christian elements, and very strong politically correct, feminist and pro-homosexual elements include comments and signs seen and heard throughout the movie
At least 120 obscenities (many “f” words) and 18 mostly strong profanities plus much crude talk of a sexual nature and vomiting in one scene
In one scene, the two main girls recklessly speed and swerve a hot rod car on the streets while racing to make their graduation ceremony, but no one and no property are hurt
Strong promotion of lesbian sex and interest (one the two lead girls is openly lesbian but has never acted on her inclinations before), lesbian girl’s mission for the evening’s adventures is to try and have sex with a girl she thinks is lesbian but is actually straight, another girl says she’s lesbian, and the two wind up having a passionate, casual sexual encounter on the floor of a bathroom at the house party they’re attending, teenage girls are in bras as one lies atop the other, and they are kissing passionately as sensual music plays, girl tells other girl she’s been “doing it wrong,” and it’s later mentioned that she’s been rubbing her knee against the other girl’s anus which causes the one girl to reel back and proceeds to projectile vomit on the other girl, two lesbian girls exchange phone numbers, it’s mentioned that a female teacher has had success with a male student at the big party, and there’s much explicit lewd talk by teenagers, including talk about self-abuse
Teenage girls in bras, teenage girls dressed provocatively
Rampant drunkenness by numerous teenagers throughout the movie
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No tobacco smoking but one teenage girl finds a tin filled with what appears to be cocaine in the back seat of a car, this car hits a bump and the girl and her friend are scared they’ll get high from the dust but that doesn’t happen, girls later are fed drug-laced treats at a party and wind up having a comically portrayed drug trip, and marijuana smoking is seen several times at party scenes involving teenagers; and,
Christian parents of lesbian girl go out of their way to show approval of an allegedly lesbian relationship, plus teenagers hide from police who come to shut down a big party, and a lesbian girl gets arrested while creating a distraction for all the other teens to run away.
BOOKSMART is the story of two ultra-smart high school girls who decide on the night before graduation to finally indulge in all the bad behavior they missed out on in four years of avoiding parties. BOOKSMART is only sporadically entertaining and has a strong immoral, pagan worldview with strong Anti-Christian, politically correct, feminist, and pro-homosexual elements.
The movie follows Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), lifelong best friends who have spent their entire four years of high school avoiding any semblance of partying or a social life besides each other. On the day before graduation, Molly overhears some classmates saying they wish they could have gotten to know her or have sex with her. Molly realizes that these classmates also have made it into Ivy League schools, despite the fact they have fully indulged in partying throughout high school.
Furious that she’s forced herself to miss out on everything her peers find fun in life, Molly challenges Amy to go to the biggest graduation party of the entire school that night. As they frantically wind up at two wrong addresses – an empty yacht where the richest geek in class tries and fails to throw a bash, and a hilariously bizarre murder mystery party thrown by the theatre club – the girls get ever more desperate to get to the real party with no address even though they are able to watch epically unfold in real-time streaming.
When they finally get to the right place, events escalate in some pretty wild and inventive ways. However, the movie also takes its portrayal of teenage partying and the sadly PC mindsets of brainwashed millennials to new extremes that might leave viewers wondering how low movies can go.
In perhaps the movie’s most vile scene, Amy (who came out as a lesbian two years before but has never acted on that inclination) winds up having a sexual encounter on the floor of the house party’s bathroom with a girl she just learned is also lesbian. The scene is portrayed for full sensuality, with slow passionate kisses and sensual music, until Amy is told that she’s doing the position wrong and, in her mortification over the mistake, projectile vomits on the other girl. Rest assured, this movie’s determination to make a teenage lesbian relationship happen results in the girls exchanging numbers the next day.
Past popular teen movies like John Hughes’ SIXTEEN CANDLES and WEIRD SCIENCE, or the amoral AMERICAN PIE trilogy, have glorified teenage sex, as well as alcohol and marijuana usage. However, in the Hughes movies, there were often lessons to be learned and, ultimately, pure or relatively pure love won out. The same goes for Judd Apatow’s SUPERBAD, where two teenage male nerds try to lose their virginity with girls amid a wild night of partying yet find themselves wind up starting a proper courtship with girls they truly find interesting.
BOOKSMART not only flips the genders on SUPERBAD by making its two main protagonists teenage girls. It also largely focuses on not only shredding the envelope of acceptable behavior, but also making it seem like all basic values have gone down the drain. It also makes an insidious point throughout the story of having the lead girls spout PC phrases and talking points, further shoving an obvious agenda on the movie’s intended teenage viewing audience. Among these running gags are Amy’s parents, who are portrayed as cluelessly happy Christians who also defy logic by not only embracing what they wrongly assume is a lesbian relationship between their daughter and Molly, but encouraging it. It’s a stupid and extremely annoying portrayal of Christian parents.
Most maddening of all is the fact that, since BOOKSMART is directed and written by women, it is being sold to impressionable young minds as a strongly feminist movie. Yet, when the lead girls’ transformation is to simply indulge in every base instinct they can find, it’s obvious that there’s a more insidious agenda at play here where female “empowerment” is defined by immorality.
Executive Producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have built a lengthy list of box office successes that are often crass but usually stay within PG-13 boundaries. But their biggest flop to date came in producing a barely-seen movie called THE VIRGINITY HIT that followed four teenage boys trying to lose their virginity while being videotaped by the others, before taking a “hit” from a marijuana bong to celebrate their sexual conquests. One would think that this pair of producers, and the studios that finance them, would have learned a lesson from the experience of making an extremely immoral topic the basis of a movie for teenagers movie, but apparently not.
The actors throughout BOOKSMART deliver energetic performances that occasionally draw laughs and show promise for future stardom. Aside from the acting and very sporadic flashes of true wit, BOOKSMART is one movie that all viewers would be smart to avoid, especially media-wise parents and children.
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