To describe Booksmart as a "female Superbad" would be to diminish it as a simple gender flip. It's much more than that – and the fact that the film is so f*cking funny is just the cherry on top.
The 2019 SXSW Film Festival wrapped on Saturday, bringing to a close a festival that boasted 60 percent of female-directed films screening in competition and taking home a number of major awards.
Director Olivia Wilde's Booksmart is an endearing teen break-up and coming-of-age film rolled into one.
The finale was a beautiful end to the best season of Girls so far. Along with Dunham, Judd Apatow has helped create the second chapter in his experimental analysis of generational distress. Whether you like it or not, this is the Freaks and Geeks of the twenty-something generation. This is Lindsay Weir and Neal Schweiber wearing skinny jeans instead of puffy vests. This is Kim Kelly and Daniel Desario trying coke instead of smoking pot.
This season Girls has become more focused than ever on using subtly themed episodes to test its characters like lab rats. The biggest thematic thread (or piece of cheese, depending on which metaphor you go with here) has been the notion of settling. This episode, the show asked some tough questions: Are you actually content, or are you unknowingly giving up a piece of yourself? Are you deluded if you’re happy with something seemingly imperfect?
This episode of Girls was an emotional rollercoaster, bringing back S3E1's theme of questioning bonds between partners. Earlier this season Hannah told Adam “I really know you—no matter what your crazy ex-girlfriend says, I really know you.” While Natalia certainly doesn't understand Adam, it seems like Hannah might not either.
Hidey-ho readers! Your friendly neighbourhood Girls recapper is here with some sweet, sweet catch-up.
Marnie desperately wishes that the girls had the same bonds they did when they were in college. In an attempt to reconnect, she organizes an epic, adult weekend, packed with everyone's favourite thing: Rigid planning! To no one's surprise, the weekend goes horribly wrong when the girls start resenting being boxed into Marnie's idea of how their vacation and their relationships should work.
This week, Hannah gets a new job at GQ and has to struggle between following her heart, or her dollar-less pocket. Should she give up a new job she's great at that offers lots of delicious food? Meanwhile, the awkward sex Girls is known for is back in spades.