Beanie Feldstein, who delighted in Lady Bird, is back in high school. This time, it’s the last day before graduation. Both she and her bestie Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) have completed a brilliant academic year and have the world at their feet. Only trouble is, after being delivered some home truths, they realise they haven’t lived and haven’t bothered to get to know people, and in fact, have misjudged their fellow students badly. They decide they need to do something memorable before college and plan to attend a wild party hosted by a popular school jock – once they find out where he lives!
Director Olivia Wilde’s first feature is a smart and slightly different coming-of-age story that will bring many smiles. The writers have avoided superficial stereotypes and all have interesting qualities, while Feldstein and Dever capture the essence of friendship perfectly in their roles – their journeys being both moving and fun.
Reviewed by Craig Coventry