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Why Booksmart Is the Best Coming-of-Age Movie

9 Reasons Booksmart Is the Greatest Coming-of-Age Film of Our Generation

Why Booksmart Is the Best Coming-of-Age Movie
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There's no denying the bittersweet nostalgia that accompanies coming-of-age movies — and Booksmart is no exception. A stellar unfiltered high school comedy filled with witty dialogue, Booksmart follows academic overachievers, Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and her best friend Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), as they show the world that they can be smart and fun. Having spent their high school careers toiling away in the library to get accepted into prestigious colleges, their understanding of the world is soon shattered when they learn that their less studious, partying classmates got accepted into the same big-name universities. And so, on the eve of graduation, Molly and Amy decide to cram everything they missed into one, unforgettable night.

Admittedly, Booksmart is up against some of the greatest coming-of-age movies of all time — Lady Bird, The Edge of Seventeen, The Breakfast Club, Love, Simon, and so many more. Yet, time after time, I'm drawn back to Booksmart. There's something about this electric feature debut that makes me want to watch it over and over again despite it's painful reminder of my own awkward transition from childhood into adulthood. Here are nine reasons why Booksmart is the greatest coming-of-age movie.

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