The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Edge of Seventeen's sharp script -- and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance -- make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.
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Steinfeld is able to play Nadine at peak asshole, with huge sympathy.
That weird, messy puzzle of trauma and affection where our high school memories reside is what powers The Edge of Seventeen.
Craig and her actors, all of them wonderful, have freshened up the genre: As familiar as the basic story may be, it also hits some raw, nuanced notes.
This is a movie about a teen, first and foremost, rather than a "teen movie," and that's exactly what makes it feel like a peerless example for the genre.
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The adolescent feeling that "nobody understands me" has been done before. The Edge of Seventeen is a fresh take that adds to a genre already crowded with a lot of great films. Let's give major props to a star who continues to impress, Hailee Steinfeld. Ever since she was famously introduced as Mattie Ross in True Grit, she continues to make her film presence known. As the teen at the center of this tale, Halle Steinfeld manages to pull off the miraculous. On the one hand, she is rude, crude, and misanthropic. Her misfit high school junior is kind of a jerk. And yet we see the lovable warmth within. She's a difficult personality but her snark is infused with enough wit that we embrace this youth. Director Kelly Fremon Craig's vision is an innovative take on a woman's odyssey through high school. Her screenplay treats each role with fairness and depth. Steinfeld is the MVP of the picture. Naturally, she should be. It's her chronicle. And yet everyone in the production gets a chance to shine. The surprise is, despite all their foibles, we still embrace these people. When her best friend starts dating her brother, we grasp Nadine's frustration. Her world logically (and predictably) comes apart. The way it's handled, however, subverts expectations. You think you know these characters, but you don't. fastfilmreviews.com
Not bad, but I found the heroine annoying and self centered (I know, she's 17). Her best friend, the same age, was much more likable. I have seen many movies with this theme that I liked much more, but it's worth a watch still. Maybe just the one watch for me.
I'm a sucker for any decent coming-of-age story. Even average ones are time well spent, and this one proves it. The movie isn't as clever as it thinks and more predictable than it wants, but the story is as strong as the great performace put on by Steinfeld. I appreciate any film that can accurately depict some form of social anxiety and clearly illustrate a real, but not overly-dramatic personal struggle, and this film does just that.
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