Two teenage overachievers finally let loose.
Olivia Wilde’s new teen-party comedy is so packed with hilarious antics that it “can sometimes feel like several movies at once,” said Eric Kohn in IndieWire.com. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever play straight-A students horrified to learn on the day before graduation that some of their hard-partying classmates are also Ivy League–bound. Determined to have at least one night of fun, Feldstein’s Molly and Dever’s Amy “hurtle across town in search of debauchery that eludes them to a comical degree.” Molly and Amy are a lot like Lady Bird’s proud teen protagonist: “neither loser nor winner, but type A all the way,” said Emily Yoshida in NYMag.com. They’re also so tight that “they are fully capable of getting high off their own two-person collective effervescence,” and what’s funny about them is they’re so invested in being the uncool good girls that they condescend to peers they assume are looking down on them. I’ve been waiting a lifetime for such a “resoundingly smart” coming-of-age comedy with a female friendship at its center, said Yolanda Machado in TheWrap.com. “Wilde immediately establishes herself not as the next John Hughes or Judd Apatow, but the first Olivia Wilde—the director who gave quick-witted, nerdy teenage girls their chance to shine.” ■