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Before I Fall (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing.

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Izzy Kingston
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Sera Grundel (as Chelsea Kaur Gill)
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What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her - before she runs out of time for good.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens. | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,690,214, 5 March 2017, Wide Release

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$12,230,791, 21 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,498,674, 20 March 2017
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Based on the book written by Lauren Oliver. See more »

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After Sam tells Lindsay why she loves her, the camera angle changes to over Sam's shoulder looking at Lindsay. The audio has the other girls laughing but you can clearly see Sam's jaw moving in sync to her previous line before Lindsay audibly says 'Asshole' See more »

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Samantha Kingston: [voiceover] Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for *you*, there's 1,000 or 3,000, or 10... So much time, you can bathe in it. So much time, you can waste it. But for some of us, there's only today, and what you do today matters - in the moment, and maybe into infinity... But I didn't know any of that... Until right before I fell.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Before I Fall/Table 19 (2017) See more »

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Written by Soak (as Bridie Siobhan Monds Watson) & Iain Archer (as Iain Denis Archer)
Performed by Soak (as SOAK)
Courtesy of Rough Trade
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Formulaic, Angst-Infused Mess
20 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Just saw the screener for Before I Fall. Buckle up, because it was a bumpy ride worse than I expected from Groundhog Day on teen. Before I Fall attempts to (re)tell the story of a girl trapped in the same day, desperately trying to find a means to become unstuck in time. First off, it takes every teenage movie trope and throws it at you in the plot equivalent of word salad. There's the childhood guy friend the lead should be dating but treats like dirt (until she doesn't because omg love was right there in front of her), the outcast art student with hair in her face and proverbial paint on her overalls, and the clique headed by the evil blonde who was once nice and is now an unrepentant post-pubescent monster who will (spoilers) never get her just desserts. Add to that a drilled in, overarching theme of the collateral damage dealt in choosing popularity over decency, and you have 'Fall' in a nutshell. Oh, and of course there's the whole matter of the day constantly resetting, much to the plucky heroine's consternation, a device whose means of activation is fairly obvious less than halfway through to just about everyone but the protagonist. This aspect of the film runs through all the expected options: the confused, it didn't happen day, the I can fix everything by avoiding trouble day, and the anything goes day, the last of which plays for the most, if potentially only, watchable part of this mess. Throughout these tribulations, the lead offers the occasional lofty and detached commentary, a mechanism that neither adds to the production's tone, nor preserves the attempted surprise twist at its conclusion. In terms of said end, it may just be the best part of the whole affair in that it means the angsty redux that is 'Fall' is finally at an end. Beyond that, the denouement feels rushed and its resolutions span from trivial to out and out ridiculous, ultimately succeeding in miring itself in drama and tragedy that defies previously presented conventions, reality, factual mental health statistics, and good taste. Thankfully, after an hour and a half, I became unstuck and could move on with my life. Before I Fall gets 1/2 stars, over and over and over again. Or, 1 disappointed Bill Murray (ya know, if he cared)


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