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Movies about young love are hard to pull off, and when they don't work, they can be cloying and obnoxious. Done right, though, there is something both lovely and piercing about them, and while I think "If I Stay" has to do a fair amount of juggling to get its premise to work, there is a cumulative power to it that I found undeniable and earned. "Earned" is a big word for me in films like this. One of the biggest problems when you're making a film about love between people of any age is showing how love sparks between people and how it flourishes and doing it without giving in to short-cuts or cliche. How many times have you seen a supposed romance and the meeting is completely ridiculous? How many movies have you seen where you're supposed to just accept that characters have fallen in love because that's »
- Drew McWeeny
The full video for the If I Stay 'Best Day' project has been released.
Fans were invited to share a photo or video of their Best Day on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, including the tags #Bestday and #Ifistay to be entered.
Submitted photos and videos were made into the final cut of the special trailer, which features the movie's cover version of The Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 single 'Today'.
Moretz plays Mia Hall, a talented 17-year-old cellist who falls in love with a local punk rocker (Blackley) in Portland while she prepares to make her own debut on the stage. »
A horrific road accident leaves a teenage girl stranded between life and death in “If I Stay,” a life-flashing-before-her-eyes melodrama that similarly hovers in a weird limbo between sensitivity and clumsiness. Out-of-body experiences and gooey romantic interludes aside, this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller hinges on the sort of relatably horrific worst-nightmare scenario that naturally invites, and rewards, a certain level of viewer empathy. But while many in the audience may well find themselves getting misty-eyed as the screen fades to white and softly crooned rock tunes flood the soundtrack, the overall execution is so pedestrian that it’s possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers’ good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen. Warner Bros.’ attempt to cash in on the current craze for mortality-obsessed Ya material — call it “The Fault in Our Cars” — should enjoy decent B.O. staying power among the book’s fans and beyond. »
- Justin Chang
It’s easy to see why Chloe Grace Moretz wanted to be in If I Stay — it’s an adaptation of a hit Ya book, she’s a rapidly rising star and the role is her first full-fledged romantic lead. But a few minutes into the drippy teen love-and-death story, you’ll likely wish she hadn’t. That is, unless you’re a teenager yourself, which may mean you’ll be swooning too hard to be bothered by the lame dialogue, heartstring-yanking music and tired visual approach. The film’s makers, including director R.J. Cutler and screenwriter Shauna Cross (working from Gayle
- Jon Frosch
This generation of writers should be exceedingly grateful for this generation of actors, particularly in the sub-genre of Dying Teen Girl Dramas. Shailene Woodley‘s sensitive portrayal of a young cancer patient was the only reason not to walk out of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and now Chloë Grace Moretz performs similar alchemy on “If I Stay,” bringing depth and poignancy to a film that often threatens to have the emotional depth of a sad-face emoticon. Screenwriter Shauna Cross has run the gamut from the underappreciated “Whip It” to the unbearable “What to Expect When You're Expecting,” and here she. »
- Alonso Duralde
Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley).
But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
Also starring are Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia’s parents, Kat and Denny, and Stacy Keach as Gramps. Rounding out the main cast are Jakob Davies as Mia’s little brother, Liana Liberato as her best friend, Gabrielle Rose as Gran, and Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez.
- Movie Geeks
Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross (Whip It), the film follows Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not.
- Scott Davis
"And just like that, I could never exist again." Hot on the heels of the emotional hit The Fault in Our Stars, it looks like more tears may be coming with another adaptation. If I Stay is based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name, and Chloe Grace Moretz leads the film in what appears to be an incredible performance, especially in this most recent trailer. Moretz plays a girl stuck in limbo between life and death as she lies unconscious in a hospital, her parents dead, and her boyfriend waiting at her bedside for her to return. It looks like a heart-wrenching story, but can it be nearly as successful as The Fault in Our Stars? Here's the new trailer for R.J. Cutler's If I Stay from Warner Bros. Pictures: If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) from a script by Shauna Cross »
- Ethan Anderton
When you're a teenager, everything feels like it's life or death; each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that you will experience forever. But in "If I Stay," the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it's a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make. Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross and directed by R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue"), this one follows Mia, who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not. But all we know is, if Stacy Keach is crying for us to fight, you damn well believe we'd make our way back to the land of the living. But overall, this looks »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Rothman’s TriStar has pre-emptively acquired What Alice Forgot, the 2011 novel from bestselling author Lianne Moriarty, with Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs) set to helm. Story tracks a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships. Whip It‘s Shauna Cross has been tapped to script the adaptation, which will be produced by Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Rosalie Swedlin. […] »
TriStar, Sony’s film label run by Tom Rothman, has pre-emptively picked up What Alice Forgot, an adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel that has Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel attached to direct. Shauna Cross, who wrote the comedic Whip It and the upcoming drama If I Stay, is attached to pen the project, which will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Rosalie Swedlin. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Alice tells the story of 29-year-old Alice, who is deeply in love and about to give birth to her first child. Then she
- Borys Kit
Moretz portrays an aspiring musician whose dreams of going to Juilliard with her boyfriend (Jamie Blackley) hang in the balance when she is in a horrific car crash.
If I Stay promoters want videos and photos of your Best Day
The car accident takes the lives of Mia's (Moretz) parents and brother, leading her to look back on her life choices as she is hospitalised.
If I Stay opens on August 22 in the Us and August 29 in the UK. »
The makers of If I Stay have launched a competition to make a fan-content 'Best Day' video.
People are being invited to share a photo or video of their Best Day on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, including the tags #Bestday and #Ifistay to be entered.
Photos and videos will be made into a final film for release next month. UK entries will also be put into a prize draw, with ten winners getting an If I Stay merchandise pack.
Moretz plays Mia Hall, a talented 17-year-old cellist who falls in love with a local punk rocker »
As if the first heartwrenching trailer for the tragic drama If I Stay wasn't enough to pull at your heartstrings, a prologue trailer for the film has come along, seemingly inspired by some of the real text from Gayle Forman's book of the same name. Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the film as a girl stuck between life and death, weighing the option of letting go and dying with her parents, who have no hope of coming back, or staying behind in life with her younger brother and boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley). Her life flashes before her eyes as she struggles to decide whether she lives or dies. This looks just devastating. Watch now! Here's the new trailer for R.J. Cutler's adaptation of If I Stay from YouTube: If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) from a script by Shauna Cross (Whip It), based »
- Ethan Anderton
It's amazing how I can write about a movie less than two months ago and completely forget it even exists a short time later. That's what happened with If I Stay, an upcoming drama starring Chloe Moretz from director R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and writer Shauna Cross (Whip It, What to Expect When You're Expecting). The film hits theaters on August 22 and centers around a car accident that leaves 17-year-old Mia (Moretz) in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Along with Moretz, the film co-stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Jamie Blackley, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard and Aisha Hinds. Now I'm still trying to get some more statistics to put something together, but it shouldn't come as any surprise when we forget about a movie or don't even know it exists in the first place. Did you know that in 1995 only 370 movies were released in theaters »
- Brad Brevet
On the back of the recent first trailer, today we’ve the first poster for If I Stay, the upcoming venture for Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley (Snow White And The Huntsman) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska). The film is based on Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel, with the screenplay by Shauna Cross and direced by R.J. Cutler.
Here’s a little official synopsis and then scroll down for that poster!
Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only »
- Dan Bullock
Exclusive: Director-producer R. J. Cutler has signed a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios for scripted projects. The deal formalizes Cutler’s relationship with the studio where he has worked on several projects, including directing last season’s drama pilot The Ordained. “We’ve had such a great time developing material over the past couple of years that it just seemed a natural transition to make CBS Studios my scripted television home,” Cutler said. “Can’t wait to get started on creating a new series together.” Cutler most recently had a first-look deal at Lionsgate TV, where he executive produces the studio’s sophomore ABC drama Nashville (whose pilot he also directed). Cutler will continue as Ep on the series if it is renewed for a third season, as expected. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker (The War Room) and Emmy-winning television producer (American High) also has a first-look deal at Showtime for documentaries. »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
Well folks, the Summer Movie Season is about to start this Friday with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it's time for us to wrap up our preview guides for this year (be sure to check out May, June, & July). August may be the final official month of the Summer Movie Season, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of exciting movies set to release during that time. Come check out our August movie guide for all the posters, trailers and info you need to figure out what you want to add to your watch list this Summer!
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
If you’re still trying to recover from the emotional “Fault in Our Stars” trailer, a warning: Here comes another tearjerker.
The first trailer for “If I Stay,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and based on the 2009 Gayle Forman bestseller, has debuted. The story follows Grace Moretz’s Mia character, a young cellist with big dreams who is on her way to Juilliard, who also has a loving family and an adoring guitarist boyfriend played by Jamie Blackley.
Mia’s biggest problem seems to be the rift between her personal and professional future until a devastating car accident kills both of her parents and leaves her in a coma in a sort of limbo state. In an out-of-body experience, she realizes she has to choose between living and fighting through the tragedy, or passing on.
The role is quite a shift for Grace Moretz, whose recent high-profile parts include playing a »
- Alex Stedman
If I Stay has debuted a new trailer.
The film centres around Mia Hall (Moretz) a talented 17-year-old cellist who falls in love with a local punk rocker (Jamie Blackley) in Portland while she prepares to make her own debut on the stage.
But when she and her family are involved in a deadly car accident, Mia finds herself trapped outside of her dying body and faced with the decision to live or let herself slip away.
If I Stay will open in the Us on August »
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