Why You Should Bookmark “Booksmart”
By Maya Gorman
I have never seen a movie that could represent the academic attitude of Northside more. Let me explain: the basic plot point of the movie revolves around two over-achieving teenage girls, Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who go to a party the night before their graduation. The plot may seem simple, but it is full of the intricacies of a strong female friendship and the societal norms of high school.
The connection to Northside hit me when Molly was confronting some of the more popular students who were insulting her personality. She told them that she, unlike them, actually studied in high school and was able to get into Yale due to her hard work ethic, so it did not matter what they thought. The popular girl Annabelle (Molly Gordon) then shot back that she too was going to Yale, and that the other students she was talking to were going to Stanford to play soccer and Columbia, respectively. Molly then said “But you guys don’t even care about school,” Annabelle then said, “No, we just don't only care about school.”
After hearing this Molly is torn. She asks herself why she and Amy avoided all the distractions of highschool to focus on getting into their dream schools when the other kids at her school were able to party and still make their way to their dream schools. She convinces Amy that they need to go to a graduation party to make up for all the fun times they missed in high school, and they do. They end up going to three graduation parties, in fact, ending up at the party of Molly’s secret lover, Nick (Mason Gooding), where she and Amy fight about their friendship.