A coming of age comedy, ‘Booksmart’ follows Amy and Molly, played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, two graduating high school girls who plan to step out in the world to finally break all the traditional rules and party on their last day of classes. Directed by debutant Olivia Wilde and co-written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman, the film is a warm and fuzzy work of art chronicling the teen years. With a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is, without a doubt, a must-watch.
For this article, I have taken into account films which explore the genre of coming of age using humour. They all explore the various aspects of the adolescent and teenage life – right from anxiety and alienation to raising questions about sexuality and identity. With that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Booksmart’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Booksmart’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Superbad (2007)
Directed by Greg Mottola and co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, ‘Superbad’ follows Seth and Evan, essayed by Jonah Hill and Michael Ceram, two teenagers who are about to graduate to high school. Before doing so, the boys take a vow to party and lose their virginity. However, it’s easier said than done. The film is built upon juvenile humour – which is a mainstay of such films – but the narrative does not indulge itself completely in it. Rather, ‘Superbad’ utilizes the juvenile humour to venture into serious issues concerning teenagers. The narrative is steered forth by Hill and Ceram, who bring the required camaraderie to create an engaging coming of age experience.
9. American Pie (1999)
One of the defining teen films of the 90s, ‘American Pie’ follows Jim, Kevin, Oz, Finch, and Stifler – four friends who study in East Great Falls High who make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz and written by Adam Herz, the film is quite funny and sometimes witty in its employment of humour. It depicts how teenagers deal with sexuality. Filled with awkward moments, ‘American Pie’ creates a narrative that one would find relatable. While some critics dismissed the film as a “shallow dim-witted comedy” at the time of its release, it has garnered a pretty strong fan base over the passage of time.