The Edge of Seventeen (2016)(2016)
You're only young once... is it over yet?
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Woody Harrelson star in this coming-of-age comedy-drama about an endearing but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend.... More
"Not many people pay attention to socially awkward high-school junior Nadine (Steinfeld), but it isn't for lack of effort on her part. The Edge of Seventeen begins with Nadine assailing her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), with her umpteenth breathless — and phony — crisis. Tired of Nadine's high drama, Mr. Bruner refuses to offer token consolation, though he does offer her half his cookie.
"Whatever adolescent disaster Nadine thinks she's suffering from, nothing can prepare her for what is tantamount to a personal apocalypse: Nadine's best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), has started dating Nadine's annoyingly earnest fitness-nut older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Ugh! This unholy union sparks a new level of mania in Nadine, one that will push her to try new things — like sending brazen text messages to the cute, aloof boy who works at the pet store in the mall." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide
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BY cinemusefilm superstar
The plotline follows the narrative shape of most coming-of-age films. At 17, Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is a gawky, angst-filled over-thinker who hits the edge of teenage sanity when she finds herself in an emotional vortex. Her father died a while ago; her mother is a bit loony; she worries about her looks; and the mean girls are giving her hell. Life sucks, and then the cruncher: her lifelong best (and only) friend Krista starts dating her infuriatingly perfect older brother. Betrayed beyond belief, Nadine busts up with Krista and ends up chronically lonely. When her secret crush turns sour, she gravitates to a sweet nerdy guy who has been watching her from afar. Throughout all of this is her sardonic teacher, Mr Bruner, who tells her that she’ll have to join the queue if she wants to talk about suicide during his lunch hour.
While the plotline is one big cliché, the casting and acting are simply outstanding. The spotlight is totally on Nadine and she shines in every scene. She is the quintessential uncool teenage girl: gorgeous without knowing it; street smart about everything and nothing; juggling a dozen emotional balls at once; but still a sweet kid who needs a hand to survive the usual mistakes that must be made on the way to growing up. She is needy, defiant, and funny all at once, while Krista and Mr Bruner bring out the best and worst in her.
Does this film raise the standard of stereotypes in the female coming-of-age story? No, not at all, and melodrama seems to be an inescapable part of the deal. But it tells the story in a refreshing way with an intelligent script delivered mostly through Nadine’s quirky personality, aided by a top support cast. With a natural filming style and a great soundtrack, this story is told with realism, charm and hope.Hide
BY JackWallace superstar
There's nothing particularly new about The Edge of Seventeen, and it's hard to sympathize with such an unlikeable protagonist, but I did enjoy this movie. I like the supporting characters more than Hailee Steinfeld's Nadine. Woody Harrelson is great as always. It's a good coming of age teen movie. Grade: B-
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