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Based on David Levithan's acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named "A" who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and "A" to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. Written by
points for originality, creativity and good intentions... but not much else
"Every Day" (PG-13, 1:35) is a (very) LGBT-friendly, romantic drama-fantasy based on the 2012 YA fantasy novel of the same name. Angourie Rice stars a Rhiannon, an insecure 16-year-old high school student with an obnoxious older sister (Debby Ryan) and a mother (Maria Bello) who may be cheating on Rhiannon's emotionally fragile father (Michael Cram). Rhiannon increasingly sidelines her best friend (Amanda Arcuri) in favor of a boyfriend named Justin (Justice Smith) who takes Rhiannon for granted.
One fine day, Justin suddenly starts acting considerate, loving and... fun! For that one day, Justin is inhabited (gently possessed) by a benevolent soul which calls itself "A". A comes to really care about Rhiannon and, after jumping into a new teenage body the next day (and the day after and the day after...), begins to seek out Rhiannon... and try to connect with her on a personal and ongoing level. Of course, that means that "A" must get Rhiannon to believe that he (or she) really is the same "person", even though he/she is in a different body every day - and then get Rhiannon to trust in him/her.
Unfortunately, the story plays out as silly as it sounds (at least on screen, which is, of course, what we're talking about here). The acting isn't very good either. However, girls in their early-mid teens may well enjoy it, as well as members of the LGBT community (and their friends), due to the LGBT-friendly images, dialog and casting. But is all that enough to make for an entertaining movie, generally speaking? Sadly, I have to say no. Points for originality, creativity and good intentions... but not much else. "C"
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