The Edge of Seventeen Review


IMDB Synopsis: High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

If you can remember what it’s like to be a socially awkward teenager in high school, then you’ll appreciate The Edge of Seventeen directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. This is a coming of age comedy movie that’s also not afraid explore some more serious subjects like loss, unwanted sexual advances, and kids forced to take on adult roles just to name a few. If you are still a teenager in high school, then you’ll definitely know what this movie is talking about.

First of all Hailey Steinfeld is the real deal she is an amazing actress and played Nadine perfectly. I remember seeing her in True Grit and thinking this girl’s good and she was like 11 years old at the time. Hailey herself is a beautiful and charming girl but as Nadine I could still believe that she could easily be a social outcast. She nailed the awkward teen girl, funny and awkward almost to the point of cringe worthy but also sincere and heartfelt in other moments. In fact the performances were great all around for the most part. Woody Harrelson as Mr.Bruner, Nadine’s go to teacher, was so fun to watch although I’m not sure if I’d want t a teacher like him he’ll definitely be there when you need him but most of the other time he’s such an ass it’s hilarious.

Edge of Seventeen is definitely a comedy but the tone of the movie is a bit all over the place which I guess if you’re trying to go for the chaotic point of view of teenagers it represents that well. Normally this is kind of spoilerish but considering it happens in the first five minutes of the movie I’m not counting it. Take the very opening of this movie; it starts off light hearted, warm and funny then bam! Her father dies of a heart attack… In my head I was like “I did not see that coming… but… ok…” This movie is very funny it does a good job of being very careful to skirt that line of not getting too heavy and when it does need to hit those emotional moments it does them well with a lot of heart. I enjoyed the themes and messages of this movie especially about how not everything is about you and not judging people or assuming things about their lives. It’s easy for us to get self-absorbed in our own lives and our struggles while assuming that everyone has it so much better when in reality we may have no idea what they are going through despite what they let on publically. Last thing I wanted to mention just on a personal level is I love that this movie has an Asian male love interest not only that but he’s not your stereotypical Asian nerd! He is a bit of a nerd but not the usual effeminate, socially inept, geeky type. He’s just a normal guy who happens to be very passionate about films and film making. As an Asian guy I personally really appreciated this because I never see that in movies.

So there’s my review of The Edge of Seventeen. This was a great little surprise of a movie that I went into with no expectations and came out pretty happy.  A good movie to watch if you want to be cheered up with some good laughs and some of the cringiest scenes ever! Go see it!

Should You See It: Yes

Theater Worthy: No, rent it!

Final Grade: B