Booksmart (Sidenote: A Dog’s Way Home)

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Check me out as a guest star on the podcast show Screen Snark, where we talk about different films and other things with Matt Storm and Rachel Shenk, you can catch their show at certainpov.com, or click on the link below!!!

https://www.certainpov.com/screen-snark-t/2019/5/27/episode-20-hans-martin-jr

Booksmart may have the coming of age comedy cliches, but the hilarity really makes it worthwhile!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-It is actually pretty funny, some moments I laughed out loud on the randomness it brings
-I liked the chemistry between Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two high school friends getting ready to graduate, and looking for a night of fun, I really feel this will be a breakout performance for both of them
-Not bad for first time director Olivia Wilde, she brought in some interesting takes that really worked

The So So:

-I do like the angle it brings, but it reminded me a lot of another coming of age comedy, Superbad, I mean some parts were pretty similar, especially since Beanie Feldstein is actually Jonah Hill’s younger sister, though some themes involving teenage girls does bring some uniqueness that we haven’t seen before

What I Didn’t Like:

-Some scenes are way too raunchy for my liking, but to each their own
-They really made a public high school really pointless with these kids getting away with everything

Overall:

I really did enjoy this coming of age comedy. Superbad is one of my favorites, and for this film it reminded me of it for the good things, like their comedy, and for the bad things, like the coming of age tropes like a high school party. As I said before, I feel these are breakout performances for Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, and interesting direction by first time director Olivia Wilde. It does have some laugh out loud comedy and unique themes that makes it enjoyable to watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

A puppy sitting inside a shoe

(Sidenote: A Dog’s Way Home- We are starting the Sidenotes for 2019, and we start with a sweet movie. Yes it does remind me a lot of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, but it is still enjoyable. I enjoyed the cinematography of the wilderness of Colorado, and the trails and tribulations of the dog protagonist, Bella. I believe this is a good movie for families with young children. The charm does the rest for entertainment!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars)

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