Review: The Edge of Seventeen

I’m a Hailee Steinfeld fan. So when I saw a trailer of her new movie I just had to see it (at some point). It came out last year and we just now had time to watch it. I love how quirky her characters are even though she sort of plays the same type of character in each movie. In The Edge of Seventeen she plays a troubled teen who is trying to make it through high school. Her father is her best friend and she finds one friend in school who understands her. One day she loses her father in an accident and her whole world collapses.

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This is another one of those coming of age stories just retold in a modern and humorous way. I would compare this to Juno but that one is a bit different, and great in it’s own way. This movie took me back to those awkward days in high school when I was just learning all about myself. I was lucky to have my sister with me during those grueling four years. I can’t even imagine how hard it would have been without her. Being an immigrant just coming to this country was hard enough. Having my sister by my side helped a lot, especially during high school.

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Nadine is 17 and she just wants to fit in but can’t seem to connect with anyone. She is desperate to feel loved and noticed. Ever since her dad passed away, she has felt alone, an outsider. She hasn’t learned to love herself and it’s hard when you’re a teen. It’s even hard when you’re older. She listens to old music, wears retro fashion, has an old-fashioned name and frowns upon her generation for being obsessed with their phones and social media. The only person who makes her feel slightly normal is her friend Krista. But Krista was only a temporary fix to her problem. Once Krista started dating Nadine’s brother, Nadine felt alone again. She felt that old self-hatred that had always been there.

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I felt so sad for Nadine. Even though she was being so selfish, I still wanted her to be happy. I wanted her to feel loved. I just wanted to hug her and tell her that these awkward years were going to go away. Maybe it’s the mother in me, I don’t know, but I wanted Nadine to know that she wasn’t alone. Everyone has felt that way and it’s totally normal. And it didn’t help that her mother didn’t know how to talk to her. Her mother was always angry and frustrated with her. Her mother didn’t know how to talk her like her father did.

The acting was phenomenal and I love the writing. Woody Harrelson was hilarious and they gave him the best lines. The writing is witty and kept me wanting more. I also loved how they added an Asian character and didn’t just have him be tossed aside. It’s just such a cute film, I can’t say anything bad about it.

I just loved this movie and it’s becoming one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen this, go see it now! It’s in a Redbox near you 🙂

Audience: R
Satisfaction Factor: 10
Acting: 10
Story: 9
Direction: 10
Would I recommend: Yes

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

 

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