Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde, from a screenplay by the writing team of Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman. It stars Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis, and follows two graduating high school girls who set out to finally break the rules and party on their last day of classes. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay act as executive producers.
The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2019 and is scheduled for release on May 24, 2019, distributed by United Artists Releasing.
Amy and Molly are two high school seniors who have been best friends since childhood and are considered by their peers as pretentious. Amy has been out for two years and has a crush on a girl named Ryan. Molly urges Amy to attempt to forge a relationship with her before they graduate. On the eve of their high school graduation, Molly overhears some of her peers making fun of her in the bathroom and confronts them. They tell her that not everything is about school and that they all got into good colleges despite their partying antics. Molly angrily tells Amy everything and says that they should have enjoyed their time in high school more. Molly convinces a reluctant Amy to join her in going to an end-of-year party.
The pair hit a roadblock when they realize that neither of them actually knows where the party is hosted. Molly calls a Lyft and is picked up by Jared, a kindhearted and wealthy classmate who thinks that they want to go to the party he is hosting instead. He brings them to his yacht, where they stay for a few minutes before leaving after an encounter with his drug-crazed friend Gigi. The girls call a second Lyft and are shocked to be picked up by their principal, Jordan Brown.
After accidentally playing pornography through his car speakers, Brown drops them off at their classmate George’s house, thinking they wanted to go to his murder mystery party. The two encounter Gigi again, who reveals that the food that they ate on the yacht was drugged. Both Amy and Molly soon begin to trip and hallucinate that they are dolls.
Still drugged, they escape the house and attempt to hold up a pizza delivery man for his car, who kicks them out and chastises them for not thinking clearly. Amy accidentally leaves her phone in his car before he drives off. Molly’s phone is nearly dead, lasting just long enough to call for help from their teacher and friend Ms. Fine, who gives them a change of clothes and a ride to the party.
When they arrive, Amy goes to talk to Ryan and Molly goes to talk to Nick, her crush. Amy works up the confidence to talk to Ryan before finding her and Nick making out. Amy, embarrassed, wants to leave, but Molly refuses to let her. In her rage, Amy reveals that she was planning on taking a gap year to travel to Africa. The two loudly argue in front of their classmates, and Amy goes to the bathroom having a panic attack. She is found by Hope, whom many students find cruel. At first combative towards each other, Amy kisses Hope and they almost have sex but Amy drinks from a nearby cup and vomits on Hope, ruining their moment. Molly is driven home by Annabelle, a popular student with a reputation for promiscuity, and the two bond over the stereotypes that both have suffered from.
Molly wakes up on graduation day feeling ashamed of what happened between her and Amy. She checks her phone and discovers that everyone is talking about how cool Amy was for distracting police officers when they came to shut down the party, which allowed the rest of the students to escape. Molly visits Amy in jail and apologizes for her manipulative actions, leading to the pair’s reconciliation. They realize that the delivery driver they attempted to rob is a wanted mass murderer and trade his information to get Amy out of jail. They take Jared’s car to graduation where Molly gives an improvised farewell speech, receiving a round of applause.
A few days later, Molly helps Amy prepare for her trip to Africa. Hope comes to the door and gives Amy her number. Molly drives Amy to the airport and they share a tearful goodbye. As Molly drives away, Amy jumps in front of her car and they go for breakfast before Amy’s flight.
Kaitlyn Dever as Amy
Beanie Feldstein as Molly
Noah Galvin as George
Billie Lourd as Gigi