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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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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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USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besties See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song Nick (Alexander Calvert) can't remember the name of is "Big Jet Plane" by Angus & Julia Stone. See more »

Goofs

Young Nadine pushes the SUV's door lock to orange to keep her mom from opening the door and getting into the back seat, but the lock is still orange when Nadine opens it to run away from the car. 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 ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Somebody Else
Written by George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Ross Macdonald (as Ross MacDonald), Adam Hann
Performed by The 1975
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Watch it for Hailee Steinfeld's performance
25 November 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Edge of Seventeen" (2016 release; 104 min.) brings the story of Nadine, a 17 yr. old junior at Lakewood HS. As the movie opens, Nadine is racing the school's hallways to meet with her favorite teacher and tell him "I'm going to kill myself!" The movie then goes back in time to see how we get to this point. After a short look at "Nadine, Age 7" and "Nadine, age 13", where we learn how socially awkward things are for Nadine, but for her strong friendship with her BFF Krista. That brings us to "Nadine, 17". At this point we're less than 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this movie is the directing debut for writer Kelly Fremon Craig (who wrote 2009's "Post Grad"). Here, Craig takes another shot at bringing the social awkwardness of being in high school and trying to survive all of the pressures that come with it. When was the last time that I've seen such an awkward teenager, who blurts out "I'm seeing myself and I can't stand it. I gotta spend the rest of my life with myself!". So nothing original here as such, except of course that Nadine is played by none other than Hailee Steinfeld, yes the little girl who was nominated of an Oscar in 2010 for "True Grit" is now grown up into a wonderful young lady which bunches of acting talent. Steinfeld basically carries the movie on her back, and is in virtually every single scene. There is some terrific support from Kyra Sedwick as Nadine's mom and Woody Harrelson as Nadine's teacher, but believe me when I say this is all about Hailee Steinfeld. Last but not least, the movie has a TON of great songs in it (check out the soundtrack).

"The Edge of Seventeen" opened nationally this past weekend. The Sunday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great (about 10 people in the entire theater). This movie has not gotten a big marketing push, and it remains to be seen whether it will benefit from strong word-of-mouth. I quite enjoyed it for what it was, a strong vehicle for leading actress Hailee Steinfeld, even if the territory she explores here has been done before and doesn't offer all that much new. If you get a chance to check it out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, I'd suggest you do and draw your own conclusion.


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