Apologies for the lack of posts over the past two months. I’ve just been a bit exhausted, a tad lazy, and having a bit of writer’s block, but now I’ve had my winter hibernation I can come back out into the world again (or the internet anyway). So onto the next review!
17 year old Nadine (Hailee Steinfield) believes her life is falling apart when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating Nadine’s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). As she tries to cope with this new development she finds herself getting into more arguments with her mother (Kyra Sedgwick) and getting close to another student Erwin (Hayden Szeto).
The Edge of Seventeen is one of those superior teen movies in the veign of Mean Girls, Clueless, 10 Things…etc. However it has it’s own distinctive voice that means it’s not another clone riding the hightails of these movies. It also has an argueably less likeable lead character as Nadine’s flaws are not overlooked by any means. As there is no mean girl clique or bully, most of the time Nadine is her own worse enemy, self absorbed, melodramatic and well, sometimes just awful to the other people in her life. She is also a more realistic teenager then we normally get to see on screen, and just because Nadine can be a pain at times doesn’t mean she can’t be relatable (painfully so at times) or sympathetic. Aside from being extreamly well written, Steinfield gives extra layers to Nadine, perfectly displaying her awkwardness and self-hatred.
While Steinfield is the stand out she is excellently supported by the surrounding cast with Harrelson being absolutely hilarious as her teacher who doesn’t put up with any of her crap. Former Glee star Blake Jenner (not related to those Jenners) also brings depth to the role of Nadine’s jock brother and newcomer Szeto is sweet as Nadine’s hopelessly sweet admirer.
Writer/Director Kelly Fremon Craig gives us a gem of a movie that’s not just a great teen flick but a great film in general. It’s just a shame that the lack of advertising for this film and the fact that it’s a 15 rather than a 12A (like it’s contemporaries) means that it will miss out a huge chunk of it’s intended audience. Hopefully it’s recent Golden Globes nomination for Steinfield will bring the film the attention and love it deserves.
Rating 4.5/5 – Steinfield shines in a sharp, emotional and very funny movie you should go out and watch now