Booksmart (film)

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Booksmart (2019 film poster).png
Teaser poster
Directed byOlivia Wilde
Produced by
  • Megan Ellison
  • Chelsea Barnard
  • David Distenfield
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Katie Silberman
Written byEmily Halpern
Sarah Haskins
Susanna Fogel
Katie Silberman
CinematographyJason McCormick
Edited byJamie Gross
Distributed byUnited Artists Releasing[1]
Release date
  • March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10) (SXSW)
  • May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States

Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde, from a screenplay by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman. It stars Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis.

It 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.



In February 2018, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein joined the cast of the film, with Olivia Wilde, directing from a screenplay written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman and Susanna Fogel. Megan Ellison, Chelsea Bernard, David Distenfeld, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum, will serve as producers on the film, under their Annapurna Pictures and Gloria Sanchez Productions, respectively.[3][4] In May 2018, Billie Lourd and Skyler Gisondo joined the cast of the film.[5][6][7] That same month, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Mike O'Brien, Mason Gooding, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers, Austin Crute, Eduardo Franco, Molly Gordon, and Nico Hiraga joined the cast of the film.[8]

Principal photography began in May 2018.[9]


It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2019.[10] It is scheduled to be released on May 24, 2019.[11]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 8.45/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy."[12] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 although based on only 10 reviews.[13]


  1. ^ Galuppo, Mia (February 5, 2019). "MGM, Annapurna Team for Distribution Label United Artists Releasing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Booksmart". South by Southwest. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 16, 2018). "Olivia Wilde Sets Directorial Debut Booksmart With Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein to Star". Variety. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto (February 16, 2018). "Olivia Wilde to Make Feature Directing Debut With Booksmart". The Wrap. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Wilde, Olivia (May 14, 2018). "❤️ @praisethelourd ❤️ #thiswoman #thisentirecast #booksmartmovie #weekthreeeeeee". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Hixon, Michael (May 9, 2018). "Manhattan Beach's Skyler Gisondo from 'Santa Clarita Diet' to star in indie film". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Bentley, Jean (May 18, 2018). "Billie Lourd To Return To American Horror Story For Season 8, Joins Booksmart Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 22, 2018). "Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Others Join Olivia Wilde's 'Booksmart' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Silvers, Diana (May 1, 2018). "Sending endless love to the Booksmart peeps as they embark on week 1 of filming!! Can't wait to join you guys on set soon!! 🤩🤓 @BeanieFeldstein @KaitlynDever @oliviawilde ...and everyone else that I haven't met yet/don't know who's playing who 😬". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 16, 2019). "SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey to Premiere New Work". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Booksmart". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Booksmart (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Booksmart Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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