Booksmart (2019)


On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. (IMDb)
Feels a little contrived as it sets itself up but the payoff is well worth it: the oddball central duo have great chemistry (see their mutual flattering outside the party) and the rest of the diverse character ensemble all have their moments and even arcs (see Jared’s tear-jerking vulnerability). Good writing is made even better by stellar direction: Wilde’s theatrical flair (see the ceremony entrance) and excellent use of music perfectly capture the extreme drama and emotion of teen life.
8/10 (Great)


Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)


Two dense, inseparable friends hit the road for their 10-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates. (IMDb)

The first act is uniquely charming, as the lovably awkward leads exchange deadpan diva one-liners and reminisce about high school (with some great flashback sketches). The middle act falters a little as the weak plot flounders about, but the wacky third act with a nice message (featuring a hilarious extended dream sequence and an outrageous three-person interpretive dance) picks things back up. Spikes of vulgarity (mostly thanks to the excellent Garofalo) help break up the overall fluffiness.

6.5/10 (Alright)

Analyze This (1999)


A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss. (IMDb)
The mob boss vs. average Joe therapist, brawn vs. brains quirky dynamic generates lots of laughs (see the wedding crash[es], the endless hug at the funeral), with the Italian gangster trope being milked for all its worth (Crystal’s impression near the end is a riot). Elsewhere, Kudrow is forgettable, Viterelli is fun, and the basic plot just serves as a framework for the central odd couple and its culture clash situational comedy. It’s not particularly brilliant but it’s consistently funny.
6.5/10 (Alright)