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There’s plenty that feels familiar about Kelly Fremon Craig’s directorial debut, “The Edge of Seventeen,” a high school-set comedy that follows a particularly bad period in teen Nadine Byrd’s (Hailee Steinfeld) already-traumatic life. Craig, who previously penned the script for the similarly female-centric comedy “Post Grad,” is a longtime admirer of the kind of teen films to which “Seventeen” has already been compared, and counts John Hughes and Cameron Crowe as some of her favorite filmmakers.
The film has already garnered glowing reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it’s serving as the fest’s official Closing Night Film. (IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich heralded it as “an instant high school classic” in his review.) Craig’s film eschews the kind of glossy veneer that so often coats current high school-based offerings, instead opting to deliver a charmingly flawed lead character who is thrust into some very relatable situations, »
- Kate Erbland
Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for an Oscar at age 13 for her performance in the Coen Brothers’ film “True Grit,” and has since had crucial roles in many films, including “The Keeping Room” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” and has even released an acclaimed pop Ep last year. Now, she’s starring in the new teen film “Edge of Seventeen,” about a witty, awkward high school student whose life heads into a tailspin.
Steinfeld stars as Nadine, who struggles with adolescence and often relies on the guidance of her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson). When she learns her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating her popular older brother Darian (Blake Jenner), she starts to spiral and is ultimately forced to take risks like socializing and trying to woo a fellow crush. Watch »
- Vikram Murthi
Manuel here. How do we feel about Hailee Steinfeld? I have never seen her Oscar nominated turn in True Grit so I'm obviously at a disadvantage in discussing her career but really enjoyed her in Pitch Perfect 2, The Homesman and Begin Again. I may give the Coens film a chance but if the upcoming The Edge of Seventeen is my first chance to see Steinfeld carry a movie, I think I'll be okay.
Kelly Fremon (who wrote the Rory Gilmore Alexis Bledel pic Post Grad) wrote and directed the teen flick and it may very well be this year's Perks of Being a Wallflower. We finally got a chance to see a poster and a trailer so check out unfiltered thoughts after the jump »
- Manuel Betancourt
3 items from 2016