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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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R.J. Cutler

Writers:

Shauna Cross (screenplay), Gayle Forman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Mia Hall
Mireille Enos ... Kat
Jamie Blackley ... Adam
Joshua Leonard ... Denny
Liana Liberato ... Kim
Stacy Keach ... Gramps
Gabrielle Rose ... Gran
Jakob Davies ... Teddy
Willa Milner ... Liz (as Ali Milner)
Aisha Hinds ... Nurse Ramirez
Gabrielle Cerys Haslett ... Young Mia
Lauren Lee Smith ... Willow
Adam Solomonian Adam Solomonian ... Henry
John Emmet Tracy ... Surgeon
Chelah Horsdal ... Liddy
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Storyline

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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Live for Love


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Si decido quedarme See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,679,190, 22 August 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,474,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,874,843
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chloë Grace Moretz, who had short blonde hair at the time, wore a wig to fit the role of the movie. See more »

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When the car crashes there is snow on the trees and ground, but when they are brought to the hospital and Mia looks out the window, there is no snow and it looks like spring outside. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Heart Like Yours
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Average story but good acting.
11 November 2014 | by nicolechan916See all my reviews

I was really excited to watch this after seeing the trailer, and not to say that I was disappointed but I was kind of expecting a bit more. The whole story basically revolves around her first love and whether she should stay. Though I appreciate that it wasn't as lovey-dovey as most young romances (or high-school relationships) tend to be, I would've liked if there was more to the story other than that.

The music element was pretty cool, and I wonder if she really plays the cello herself, because it looked really authentic. Same with the other actors in the band.

The acting was pretty good, it wasn't spectacular but it was good enough for the film. Moretz surprises me by the range of her characters, as I first knew her from Kick-Ass which is profoundly different. Blackley does a good job too, though I guess I didn't really feel the connection between the two,and maybe that's why I felt that there was something missing from the film. I didn't sympathize with them and so thought that the film was just all right. Though the parents had real character to them and they played the part of a family really well.

Another thing I noticed was that when Hall was a 'spirit' people still tended to move out of her way and it was really obvious. There was this one scene where her friend opens a door and she pushes it a bit further as if for the person behind...which was Hall as a spirit. That was not good. Do people actually see or hear her? If not, it should be consistent throughout. And it also seemed as if she could touch things, though people didn't notice.

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