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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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Kelly Fremon Craig
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hailee Steinfeld ... Nadine
Haley Lu Richardson ... Krista
Blake Jenner ... Darian
Kyra Sedgwick ... Mona
Woody Harrelson ... Mr. Bruner
Hayden Szeto ... Erwin
Alexander Calvert ... Nick Mossman
Eric Keenleyside ... Tom
Nesta Cooper ... Shannon
Daniel Bacon ... M.C.
Lina Renna ... Young Nadine
Ava Grace Cooper ... Young Krista
Christian Michael Cooper ... Young Darian
Jena Skodje ... Little Mean Girl Leader
Josh Simpson Josh Simpson ... Teammate
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Storyline

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

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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Trivia

Woody Harrelson improvised many of Mr. Brunner's quips and jokes, to the delight of writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig. See more »

Goofs

On the morning of the film festival, an exterior shot shows only Nadine's mother's car in the driveway. When Nadine comes downstairs, Darian and Krista are there, despite Darian's car not being in the driveway. See more »

Quotes

[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 then ...
[...]
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Connections

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Written by Aimee Mann
Performed by Aimee Mann
Courtesy of Super Ego Records
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Fresh, Endearing, and Funny
18 November 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I can't say that I expected to see this movie opening weekend, or at all for that matter. But I'm glad I did. The Edge of Seventeen is an awkwardly charming coming of age tale that flirts in the same vein as some classic John Hughes 80's flicks.

I think all of us have been keeping an eye on Hailee Steinfeld since True Grit in 2010. When you can steal scenery from the likes of Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin, you know you have someone special. The Edge of Seventeen is an entirely different genre and obstacle for Steinfeld, however. I almost think that the coming-of- age-teenage-angst-comedy-drama's are the most difficult films to reach a broad audience, perhaps even more so than westerns. I usually need something to hook me before I spend money on one of these, and that came by way of Woody Harrelson.

Harrelson play's Steinfeld's teacher and common companion at lunch when there's no one else to sit with. The brilliant thing about this relationship is that its neither too dramatic nor too goofy, the writers find a nice balance between gut busting laughs on Harrelson's end to a nice dramatic payoff in the latter half. For all the clichés that this film inevitably has, this relationship was something very refreshing and served as the highlights for most of the film.

Nadine (Steinfeld) has several issues with her mother, brother, and best friend to figure out throughout the course of the film. But it was pleasing to see that the writers didn't choose to make any one character in the right or wrong. I constantly felt like I was playing out both sides in my head as to who I believe had the right to be mad at the other or vice versa. Being in a family of 7, I can definitely relate to some of the family obstacles Nadine goes through, and it wasn't Hollywoodized just for the sake of pushing the plot forward. There's unfortunately quite a few clichéd tropes that this film ends up taking you toward, but it felt more natural than most of these types of films. This could be attributed to the welcomed R rating the film received.

It isn't for everyone, and I wouldn't even consider myself the target audience. But it speaks to larger personal and family issues than the trailer sets up. It's also one of the best Woody Harrelson performances I've seen recently, even if he is probably as reserved as he's ever been.

+Steinfeld carries this film

+With the help of the hilarious Harrelson

+Writing

-Inevitably some clichés and predictable plot points

8.0/10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,754,215, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$14,431,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,370,020
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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1.85 : 1
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