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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Young Darian
Little Mean Girl Leader
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Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Written by STX Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You're only young once... is it over yet?


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drinking - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Besties  »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,754,215, 18 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,260,193, 16 December 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of this movie 'The Edge of Seventeen' (2016) shares its title with the Stevie Nicks song 'Edge of Seventeen' (1982). See more »


In Mr. Bruner's home when his wife Greer picks up the child in her arms at first she has no blanket in her hand, then she does, then she doesn't. See more »


[first lines]
Nadine: Look I don't wanna take up a ton of your time, but I'm gonna kill myself. I just thought someone should know. I don't really know how this works. I'm probably gonna jump off an overpass in front of a semi, so... Or U-Haul, maybe, just not a bus. I'm not gonna be a dick and make people watch, but it has to be big; it's gotta be so big that it just...
[snaps her fingers]
Nadine: Done; kills me. Lights out. 'Cause if it just maims me, and I'm like...
[imitates differently abled person]
Nadine: Well ...
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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »


Lights & Music
Written by Dan Whitford
Performed by Cut Copy
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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18 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

John Hughes is an unmistakable touchstone of the coming of age 1980s high school dramedy. Films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off chronicled the adolescent experience of growing up, dealing with teen angst and self-actualization while mixing in a dash of old fashioned screwball comedy which at once provides relatable laughter for the viewer while making the dramatic pills easier to swallow. All of those undeniably come to mind when watching the directorial debut of Post Grad screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen, a coming of age high school comedy about a socially awkward and unhappy teenage girl named Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit) whose best friend enters a relationship with her hunky older brother (Blake Jenner from Everybody Wants Some). And yet it is Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High that The Edge of Seventeen finds its closest antecedent in, providing at once a funny and sympathetic rom com and a decidedly darker, more explicit look at budding female sexuality in a world adorned with dumb horny males who care nothing for the heroine's plight and emotional crossroads. At times its unbearable watching Nadine suffer while at the same time the film doesn't deny her own complicitness in the creation of her teenage misery. At first on the outset this looked like another Juno/Ghost World lovechild but as it progressed I was surprised how funny, charming, touching and well thought out this portrait of adolescent fear, anxiety and depression really was. Sure we've seen this movie done to death, but The Edge of Seventeen provided a fresh spin on the proceedings that kept it from blending together with what came before it.

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