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If I Stay (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 22 August 2014 (USA)
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Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if she can go on.

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Mia Hall 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. 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. Written by Warner Bros.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,679,190 (USA) (22 August 2014)

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$50,461,335 (USA) (31 October 2014)
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Jamie Blackley had recorded all of his songs and sang them live. See more »

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In the ICU scene after the bonfire, the shot of the bed with the rails down, when they change perspective to Mia's point of view, the right bed rail is up, then when the scene goes back to the overall room shot, the rails are back down. See more »

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Mia Hall: At the age of 26, Ludwig Beethoven went deaf, ending his career as a successful concert pianist. But determined not to let a little thing like his hearing end his music career, my pal Ludwig became a composer. Turned out the new gig suited him. It's like that old saying, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Take my dad. When my little brother, Teddy, was born, he quit his band to get a real job. But then he fell in love with teaching. Now he spends his days ...
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Until We Get There
Written by Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri
Performed by Lucius
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22 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Anyone interested in this film already knows the premise by now if they have read this far, so I won't rehash it.

All I will say is that this film could have easily been contrived and cheesy and hokey and clichéd but rather, the end is result is truly one of the finest, most real representations of youth and love I have seen in a long time. And the fact that it seemed so genuine is exactly why I have not cried in a film so much since...."The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Chloe Grace Moretz has already proved she is a force to be reckoned with, but by an accomplishment like playing the key character in a film that was made to be a tearjerker without coming across as completely laughable shows what a strong actress this young woman truly is.

Excellent, relatable script, wonderful direction and perfectly edited, the fact the a bunch of tween girls went "Huh? What? That's the end?" when the credits began to roll proved that R.J. Cutler knew exactly when to end this film at the precise moment. There was no need to overstay the welcome.

Make sure you have some Kleenex.


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