Booksmart marks Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and will be in theaters on May 24

By Eric Todisco
March 11, 2019 12:45 PM

Olivia Wilde has made her directorial debut — and critics are over the moon with it.

Booksmart, which is set for release on May 24, was screened for the first time at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin on Sunday. Immediately following its world premiere, critics were quick to call it a “masterpiece” and “bleepin’ fantastic.”

On Monday, Annapurna Pictures released the trailer for the film, giving people a tease at what all the hype is about.

The teen comedy stars Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) as high school best friends who decide to live it up on their final night before graduation. The film also stars Lisa Kudrow, Billie Lourd, Will Forte and Wilde’s longtime partner Jason Sudeikis.

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Here’s a sampling of some of the glowing first reactions.

Film critic Peter Debruge of Variety came off the screening extremely pleased with the film, saying, “Not since Superbad has a high school comedy so perfectly nailed how exhilarating it feels to act out at that age, capturing the thrill of making a series of potentially irreversible mistakes with the person who’s always been there for you.”

Debruge gave praise to Wilde, 35, in her directorial debut: “Credit Wilde — who quietly practiced on a couple of shorts prior to this — for sustaining both the laughter and the energy throughout, and for pulling off several bold surprises along the way.”

Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde
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In an interview with Variety, Wilde discussed her goals in directing the film, stating, “I really wanted to direct a film for younger people to be kind of a generational anthem.”

She added, “Turns out, when you really open the doors and look at all the talent, you get a really representative cast.”

Booksmart will arrive in theaters on May 24.

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