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Booksmart is a sharp comedy that follows the exploits of two high-school friends, Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), on the night before their graduation. The chemistry of these two characters propels this coming-of-age story skyward, and makes for an exceptional directorial debut for Olivia Wilde.

From the very start, it’s hard to ignore this film’s music direction. Scenes are often punctuated by licensed songs that perfectly capture a character and their mindset, or backed by a light, sauntering score from Dan the Automator. Bryan Ling, who previously worked with Wilde on an Edward Sharpe music video, takes the…

Ben Gray

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