The Edge Of Seventeen

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board. The Edge of Seventeen marks the feature directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig, and is produced by Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks – the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, Big, Say Anything, The Simpsons, Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets.
Kelly Fremon Craig
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson
Kelly Fremon Craig
Screening Date: 
Nov 12, 2016
STX Entertainment
Running Time: 
104 Minutes
Average: 4 (1 vote)
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18.2% 38.6% 29.5% 6.8% 6.8%
“One of the best coming of age films I’ve seen, not just for the 17 year olds but for the adults too. And I love that it was from the female point of view.”
“This film strikes a great balance between humor and the difficulties of growing up, always avoiding both sentimentality and meanness. My favorite line: you should really watch out for those run-on sentences.”
“Great film for a teen age audience. Well done! I think my granddaughter would enjoy it. I’m glad I saw it and have an understanding of teen-age life today. (Perhaps)”
“Predictable and pedestrian. The best thing about the movie is the animated film and Woody Harrelson.”
“Well done! Good casting. Very real!”
“Everyone should have an Erwin in life. A bit pat at times but characters were still compelling. Adults can relate as well.”
“THE SIMPSONS has more bite! Not going anywhere for most viewers.”
“Fantastic! I’m 72 and I could relate to and empathize with every main character in this so human film. Wonderful screenplay and direction. May it get wide distribution.
Love triumphs hate and adolescence if you’re lucky. We are lucky to have seen this. Thanks John.” Jeanne K
“Thank god I’m not 17. Life seems so much more difficult due to Internet, expectations and responsibilities. Found this film important in dealing with life issues for all ages. Jealousy, insecurity, love, group dynamics and family interactions. And a movie for those above 17.”
“My heart goes out to Nadine and I’m not a teenager. Life reveals many circumstances that you can relate to at various intervals.”
“A good shrink in the first scene and we could have skipped the whole movie. And a miracle cure at the end, shrinks would go out of business. So glad I never had a daughter!”
“I found I could identify with the main character.”
James Brooks is the best teacher in the film, bringing along Ms. Fremon Craig for a very auspicious film debut.”
“Follows a few teen movie formulas (how can it not?) but breaks a few others, for example a lesser screewriter would have had Harrelson ending up with Nadine’s mother. Was that a run-on sentence?”
“Not just a teen movie.”
“Long, too long. Good-looking cast. I especially liked Erwin. Do all self-involved adolescents remain narcissistic all their lives? Sadly we have evidence that they do.”
“So much angst!”
“John Hughes would be proud, and Hailee Steinfeld is light years ahead of Molly Ringwald.”
“Much better than the trailer indicates. (At least it doesn’t play the entire story as some do.)”
“Please show to all populations. Important film not just for young teens. Also fix previews so all ages would view.” “Good look at adolescent angst. Three dimensional characters.”
“Not pedestrian for those of us who could remember our horrible high school years, with similar things going on. Bullying at school, troubles with mom at home and the perfect brother. Thank you!”
“Teen angst is not usually a high art form, but if you like it EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is pleasantly distracting with the requisite plot twists. Good acting and a super cute performance by Woody Harrelson.”
“A typical coming of age story that was done very well. Good performances, good music and good writing, but not particularly enlightening. Fun, enjoyable with more depth than I expected.”
“Very interesting character study; all major characters have a point of view worthy of note. Good coming-of-age movie!”
“Woody Harrelson is such a great balance for all the other stuff going on with Nadine. I love Erwin’s character. So many kids feel like Nadine. The film would be good for kids who feel separate for whatever reason.”

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