Every few years a film comes along in the teen genre that becomes an instant cult classic. In 2019, that film is Booksmart. Starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as best friends Molly and Amy, Booksmart follows the girls on their final days in high school as they attempt to make up for all the partying they missed while studying. The film has already amassed a dedicated fandom since it was released in May, and one of those fans is Malala Yousafzai. Yes, that Malala.
In the hilarious and heartfelt film, which marks actor Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Molly and Amy use Malala’s name as their secret password when making plans. The nod to the Nobel Prize laureate, education activist, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and all-around incredible human was one of the many endearing moments in the film and it didn’t go unnoticed by Malala. In a new video posted on Twitter, director Adnan Malik turns the camera on himself and says “So my favourite thing about Booksmart the movie is…” before quickly spinning the lens to his counterpart for her answer. It’s Malala. We are shook. And her favourite part of the film is her name. Yas kween.
— adnanmalik (@adnanmalik) June 26, 2019
The film’s stars and director quickly saw the tweet and had the appropriate reaction one should have when receiving a shout-out from a woman who Time Magazine named one of the most influential people in the world THREE times.
— Beanie Feldstein (@BeanieFeldstein) June 26, 2019
— Kaitlyn Dever (@KaitlynDever) June 26, 2019
MALALAAAAAAAAAAA! 😭 https://t.co/bVPZf1Hc8e
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 26, 2019
Adding a second tweet, Feldstein said of Malala “You are our hero. You are remarkable in every way,” with Malala dropping the coolest response of all time. Yo gurl is used to her hero status and deserves it.
— Malala (@Malala) June 26, 2019
There’s a lot to take away from the recent Malala-laurels for Booksmart. One, if an Oxford college student who is literally saving the world has time to see movies, we really need to get better at using our free time wisely. Two, if you haven’t seen Booksmart, you need to see Booksmart.
Malala isn’t the only famous fan of the heartwarming and hilarious film, which currently sits with a cool 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Chrissy Teigen has seen the film multiple times, and you know Chrissy Teigen keeps it real with her opinion.
— Beanie Feldstein (@BeanieFeldstein) June 19, 2019
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom bows down to Booksmart.
Rachel how dare you make my fucking week. 🙏 https://t.co/6lIfWIz2AV
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 17, 2019
Canadian director Jason Reitman, a man who knows how to craft a beautiful coming of age film for young women (Juno!), loved Booksmart.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 3, 2019
Would there be a Booksmart without Alicia Silverstone’s Cher? As if.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 15, 2019
And in a full-circle moment, Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein understandably couldn’t process Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Alex Bornstein seeing Booksmart in theatres. Feldstein has previously said that her character Molly was largely based on Liza Weil’s Gilmore Girls character Paris Geller. In conclusion, go see Booksmart.
My brain actually can’t process this. https://t.co/iRvaM3Kw0y
— Beanie Feldstein (@BeanieFeldstein) May 28, 2019