- Nov. 18th, 2016
- 1 Hour 44 Minute Run Time
Let’s just say this straight out, The Edge Of Seventeen isn’t just one of 2016’s best films, but quite possibly the best teenage drama of all time.
The story follows a simple enough premise, Nadine, a high school girl who after suffering the loss of her father has a tough time navigating life. She feels like all is against her but thankfully her best friend Krista is always there for her. That is though until Krista falls for Nadines older brother and the two start dating, feeling left out and alone Nadine must traverse her high school life feeling like the world is against her. In the meantime Nadine is left without a friend and attempting to get the boy she likes, just like every teenage girl does.
One thing that truly helps this story is that none of it ever becomes too extreme. Nadine faces common problems and it never feels too crazy or non realistic. She finds herself feeling alone with the only person she can speak to at all being Mr.Bruner (played by Woody Harrelson) from her school. The level of drama and the problems we are presented with here just hit that perfect mixture. Never once did I feel anything but completely hooked into whatever problem or emotion Nadine was feeling.
Part of this works so well because of the excellent casting and performances given. Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine gives her stand out performance here and is just a star with this one. Woody Harrelson gives the comedic role but also provides a steady backbone here in his role. Haley Lu Richardson as Krista, the ex best friend gives a heartfelt performance as well struggling with trying to save her friendship and also dealing with her relationship. Blake Jenner and Kyra Sedgwick both do great as Nadines older brother and mother. Both truly shine, espcially Jenner, in the latter half of the film when everyone’s true emotions come to play.
In short, just watch this. Don’t read reviews and don’t even watch trailers. The Edge Of Seventeen draws you in and keeps you going with its perfectly done style of teenage drama and angst. Hopefully this goes down as a classic because it is as close to perfect as one might get.
Score : 9.5/10