Booksmart

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Superb, smart teen comedy has drinking, strong sex talk.

R 2019 102 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 33 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Positive, funny, and smart

I love this movie, and can't wait to show it to my daughter. She's 10, and I do think she'll get more out of it in a few years. Yes, there is profanity and there are numerous references to sex (as explained well in the 'Parents Need to Know' blurb) - but honestly, this is how sex *should* be shown to kids. It's healthy stuff. The girls are shown learning how to navigate difficult situations and stay in control of their bodies and their lives. The messages about friendship and growing up are powerful and never patronizing. I wish I'd seen it as a teenager.

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age 12+

Such a Good Movie

Every teenage girl needs to see this movie because they deserve to see themselves represented on screen. This movie has girls being funny and smart and multifaceted without shoving "girl power" in your face and calling it a day, it just accurately represents high school girls. This movie is a generational anthem, and it has an excellent protrayal of queer characters! This movie allows queer kids to see themselves without the hollywood chiche of "pretending to be straight" (Easy A, Lady Bird). This movie does have talk about sex and masturbation, but in my opinion, most teens already hear that at school, and the movie is sex positive in a way that is empowering instead of nasty. The soundtrack for this movie is also excellent and Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein deliver amazing preformances.

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