Houston Matters

The Bigger Picture: Balancing Academic And Social Life When You’re ‘Booksmart’

Houston Matters explores the challenges students face balancing academics and social life, as depicted in the new movie Booksmart.

Booksmart Movie
Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein (left) and Kaitlyn Dever as high school seniors Molly and Amy.

As adults, we call it work-life balance. But for kids, it’s pressure.

There’s academic pressure and social pressure pushing and pulling us. Do you study for a big exam or go to that party?

That’s the conundrum faced by Amy and Molly, the main characters of the new film Booksmart. They are two high school seniors who are longtime best friends.

But many of their peers think they’re pretentious because of their focus on academics and getting into a good college. They come to the realization that they should have enjoyed their time in high school more.

On this month's edition of The Bigger Picture, where Houston Matters examines the bigger issues in TV and film, producer Joshua Zinn examines the challenges of balancing academics and social life.

In the audio above, three guests join him for this discussion: Rice University filmmaking professor Tish Stringer, local comedian and improviser Meredith Nudo, and BJ Love, a creative writing teacher at the Emery/Weiner School.