Trivia for Booksmart
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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.
- Eline Powell auditioned for the role of "Triple A"
- Jacob Elordi auditioned for the role of Jared but casting chose Skyler Gisondo.
- Caylee Cowan auditioned for the role of "Triple A"
- 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.
- The script was written back in 2009.
- 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 back in 2009.
- Studious Molly is antagonized early on when she finds out all of her classmates that slacked off in high school are also attending prestigious Ivy League colleges. Given the timing of the release of this movie, it could be implied that the parents of her slacker peers were complicit in the College Admissions Scandal in which the elite and wealthy parents of underperforming high school students were exposed for paying bribes in order to get their kids accepted into Ivy League schools.
- 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.
- Jennifer Aniston loved the movie and saw it three times.
- 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.