Booksmart

As a Northshore Chicago Gen-Xer, I grew up on John Hughes movies. Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to name a few. These movies defined (and explained) young adulthood to me. If someone asks me to explain my upbringing, I would direct them to any/all of these films, sorta the way Judd Apatow has helped articulate my 40’s. Things have changed drastically in Hollywood as there are few examples of recent movies that explain young adulthood to my children. Of course, they will know how to relate to werewolves, wizards, and people dying young. But, I can't think of any movie that reminded me of my childhood as much as a John Hughes movie, until I saw Booksmart. This is a great movie. Two high school friends realize they have been playing the wrong game (exclusively academics) to their detriment and are now trying to make up for lost time on the night before graduation. It was funny, smart, and not overly self-aware. It is a movie for high school kids up to any age! I say we bring back the fun to movies immediately, for our kid’s sake!