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  • Legendary DJ/producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modelling School, Deltron 3030, Kool Keith, Got a Girl, Crudo) composed the score.
  • The movie premiered at SXSW on Olivia Wilde's 35th birthday.
  • Olivia Wilde said that The Breakfast Club (1985), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Dazed and Confused (1993), and Clueless (1995) were the inspiration for this film.
  • Beanie Feldstein initially read the script for another role that was eventually written out. When Olivia Wilde was brought on to direct, she wanted Beanie for the lead role of Molly.
  • Directorial debut of Olivia Wilde.
  • Screenwriter Katie Silberman said that Billie Lourd did such an impressive performance that extra scenes were written specifically for her.
  • In a May 2019 Vanity Fair interview, director Olivia Wilde described Booksmart as "the Training Day (2001) of high school movies".
  • In a May 24, 2019, interview on National Public Radio's program "All Things Considered," director Olivia Wilde explained the word "Malala" as it is used by the two best friends Amy and Molly as an inside reference between them: "'Malala' is their code word for unconditional support. So what 'malala' means is that what I'm asking you to do now with me you must do....Malala [Yousafzai, the Pakistani advocate for girls' education and the youngest-ever Nobel laureate] is one of their great role models. And I think that's why she holds the most significant place in their friendship, the idea that if you call 'Malala,' you must really mean it."
  • One of Amy's patches features the symbol of the Mercury Seven astronaut program. It is not clear why she would wear this symbol, given that she never mentions any interest in space, and all of the Mercury Seven were men. The costume designers mentioned that they got her political patches from thrift stores; it is possible that they mistook it for a feminist symbol, given its similarity to the Venus symbol used by feminists.
  • Amy wears a T-shirt bearing the image of Birute Galdikas.
  • Billie Lourd (Gigi) is only three years younger than Jessica Williams (Ms. Fine).
  • The first draft of the script was written in 2009.
  • There are a few major similarities between this movie and "Good Boys" - also released in 2019. Both coming of age school themed movies feature outcast students trying to make It to a cool kids party. They also feature Will Forte as the protagonist's father, and Molly Gordon as one of the primary antagonists. Also both movies and their respective trailers heavily feature the song "Nobody Speak" by DJ Shadow.
  • Many themes in this movie are reminiscent of (or in some cases, a mirror image of) 2007's Superbad. Beanie Feldstein, the lead character in Booksmart, and Jonah Hill, the lead character in Superbad, are siblings.
  • Susanna Fogel's rewrite of the screenplay revised one of the lead characters as a lesbian.
  • Olivia Wilde encouraged Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein to spend time living together to really build up a rapport between the two girls. The two ended up being roommates for 10 weeks.
  • Olivia Wilde encouraged her cast to rewrite any dialogue for their characters if they felt it to be inauthentic.
  • Olivia Wilde's husband, Jason Sudeikis, plays the school principal.
  • In one of the interview that are extras on the DVD release, Billie Lourde says that for the scene in which her character, Gigi, dives off the side of a yacht, Lourde was at first quite game to perform the stunt herself. However, the producers told her that it would usually be executed by a professional stuntwoman because of the danger involved. When they told Lourde that one of those dangers was that the water she would be diving into was so dirty that she would need to wear a tampon to protect herself from infection, that helped lead Lourde to accede to the idea of using a stuntperson. The stuntwoman they did bring in for the scene was a professional cave-diver.
  • Several of the actors among the younger cast members are children and/or relatives of other Hollywood industry professionals and stars. Beanie Feldstein (Molly) is the sister of actor Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball). Mason Gooding (Nick) is a son of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (Boyz n the Hood, Jerry Maguire). Molly Gordon (Annabelle / Triple A) is the daughter of screenwriter Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, Corrina, Corrina) and TV director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm , Party Down). Billie Lourd (Gigi) is the daughter of agent Bryan Lourd and Carrie Fisher.
  • In the film, Amy is a lesbian and Molly is straight. In real life, the opposite is true: Beanie Feldstein is a lesbian and Kaitlyn Dever is straight.
  • The film cast includes four former Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members: Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Michael Patrick O'Brien and Maya Rudolph.
  • Many young actors were not relatives of industry professionals or stars, but were fans of the script and auditioned for supporting roles including Jacob Elordi who disclosed auditioning for the feature film in an interview along with Eline Powell and Caylee Cowan who disclosed meeting in the waiting room at a callback audition.
  • At the graduation Miss Fine says "Cool. Cool cool cool" just like Abed in Community (2009).

Spoilers

  • Delta Air Lines has removed several scenes from their movie's in-flight version, specifically those containing same-sex interactions. After viewers have pointed it out to director Olivia Wilde on Twitter, she said that she was heartbroken about the censorship, as those scenes are an integral part of main character's journey. Wilde urged Delta to rectify their decision and pleaded to any other airline to do the same for similar movies. Soon afterwards, Delta announced that those scenes will be re-inserted.
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