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Movie Monday: Did You See and Agree? Popcorn

It’s Monday! I saw a movie! Was it drama? Comedy? Something else? Forget the genre… was it good, nay… was it great? In remembrance of my movie soulmate Roger Ebert (we most often agreed), let’s discuss.

The Edge of Seventeen

Starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson

edge of seventeenThe story: It’s a quirky coming-of-age flick that has heart and soul and comedy and angst, and all the stuff one expects from such a film. Nadine is a teen on the high school scene (somebody stop me), who’s keen on the bad boy, and whose feelings are toyed with, by her best friend and brother and her I don’t get you mother. She’s more than just sad that she’s lost her dad and their special connection, since which she lost direction… OK, I’m done now with the rhyming.

She learns, she grows, she’s sad, she’s happy, she’s grumpy, she’s hurt — you know, most of us in high school. Nadine: I had the worst thought: I’ve got to spend the rest of my life with myself.

But all it takes is one person (or perhaps two… I won’t spoil major deets) to show you some kindness, and all of a sudden, the world’s not perfect but improved, and maybe more worthwhile than you remembered. Mr. Bruner (Harrelson): Life’s about taking risks. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

The good: The performances are great. Hailee kind of reminded me of Emma Stone in Easy A, though, and I still can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing. Woody Harrelson makes this movie — as if I could love this man’s work anymore. Mostly, this flick felt like a smarter teen movie, which is good (I hate the stupid ones), and showed three-dimensional characters, which doesn’t always happen with teens. The relationship with Nadine and her dad was charming; the relationship with Nadine and her mother, relatable. You know a movie is good when you feel bad for a character when someone says they can’t be bothered trying to understand them anymore.

The not-as-good: A few elements of Nadine’s story (accidentally texting the bad boy, for instance, with an offer no hormonal teen boy would refuse) felt contrived.

Grade3 stars out of four.

Let me know what you thought of this flick if you’ve seen it/when you see it. Thanks for reading. And may you, too, come to realize that spending the rest of your life with yourself is really not that bad.


Movie Monday is my extremely infrequent movie/TV show review series. Click here to read more reviews.

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