“Booksmart” (Annapurna)

Austin Crute and Noah Galvin star in a scene from the movie "Booksmart." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service

The high school romance film gets a radical makeover by director Olivia Wilde who upends the traditional boy-meets-girl love story, emptying a veritable Pandora’s box of teenage unmentionables onto the big screen.

On the night before their high school graduation, two best friends (Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever) decide to discover what they have missed out by being serious overachieving students. They go on an all-night bender, taking in three wild parties where, literally, anything goes: lesbian sex, masturbation, drug use, drinking, and filthy language, to name a few. As a judgment-free zone, with a benign “don’t worry, be happy” message, the film is totally out of bounds for its target audience, and presents a warning to their parents.

Strong sexual content, including a lesbian encounter, pornographic images, skewed moral values, underage drinking, drug use, and pervasive profane and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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