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Ac­tress Olivia Wilde turned fea­ture-film di­rec­tor – and won wide ac­claim for the re­sult – with this com­edy, cast­ing Kait­lyn Dever (“Last Man Stand­ing”) and Beanie Feldstein as high-school­ers on the verge of grad­u­at­ing. Sens­ing they’ve missed out on much of the fun of be­ing teenagers, they set out to make up for lost time, but their efforts to get to a cer­tain party turn into a seem­ingly end­less string of mis­ad­ven­tures. The movie’s writ­ers in­clude Emily Halpern and Sarah Hask­ins, who also cre­ated Pa­tri­cia Heaton’s new CBS sit­com “Carol’s Sec­ond Act.” Jes­sica Wil­liams, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Ja­son Sudeikis, Bil­lie Lourd and “Ma’s” Diana Sil­vers also ap­pear ... but the key to the pic­ture’s suc­cess among the ac­tors rests mainly with Feldstein and Dever, who prove to be ex­tremely well-matched. ★★★ (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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