I went back and forth on whether or not to watch this film. Did I want to watch two white girls fulfill four years of debauchery into one night? With this film, yes I do because there is more to the story. Amy and Molly on the night before their high school graduation make realizations about their determination and instill wild fun that balances the beginnings of adulthood.
Kaitlyn Dever is fantastic as Amy. Beanie Feldstein is remarkable as Molly. Together, Kaitlyn and Beanie meet each other through their characters with humor and pure female friendship. Billie Lourd is whimsically high as Gigi. Molly Gordon, who stays booked, is compassionate and cool as Triple A. Diana Silvers is a cool babe in the most sincerity as Hope. Austin Crute is lively as Alan, one of the drama kids. Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Noah Galvin, Skyler Gisondo, Victoria Ruesga, Nico Hiraga, Eduardo Franco, and Mason Gooding champion a fun ensemble exceptionally casted by THE Allison Jones.
Director Olivia Wilde delivers a film that captures the spirit of high school. The scenes are fuller through her camera. Screenwriters Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman do not delve into the tropes of teen comedies. They also do not make feminism generic. The writing authentically shows teenage life. Amy is a lesbian. Molly encourages her to express her sexuality. There is a pivotal scene between Amy and another character that shows teenage sex and the emotions involved. The scene being between girls brings a perspective we hardly see. Molly is fairly high strung. There is a scene where she is in the restroom with her classmates who she judged as slackers and what follows is astounding. The scenes are lively when needed and moody otherwise. There was nothing ridiculous. Costumer April Napier brings unique outfits to each character. Alan embodies Wakandan Graduation Regalness in his graduation robe. The soundtrack by Dan the Automator, with its score full of rage and spirit, is the ribbon wrapped for this film.