‘Booksmart’ Interview: Beanie Feldstein And Kaitlyn Dever On Female Comedies And Becoming Real-Life Friends

Olivia Wilde’s funny and perceptive high school comedy Booksmart has most favorably been compared to Superbad. While some have pushed back on that comparison, I think it’s appropriate not only from a storyline perspective but in their aspirations. What the two films also share is a special bond that formed between its stars. In this case that would be Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, who happens to be Jonah Hill’s sister. So there’s another close tie for ya.

Neither actress is turned off by the comparison in my recent interview with them. Nor does that mean Booksmart is a carbon copy. On the contrary, it’s the female perspective, one we so rarely get to see in high school comedies, that helps set the film apart. The story follows best friends  Molly (Feldstein) and Amy (Dever), classic over-achievers, who realize all of their hard work got them to the same exclusive colleges as the lazy kids. So they set out to cram four years worth of partying into a single night.

All one needs to do is watch Booksmart to know how special of an experience this was for the entire cast and their director, and it’s clear from our conversation that Dever and Feldstein’s on-screen chemistry mirrors their real-life friendship.

Booksmart is in theaters now. Listen to my interview with Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever below!

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.