Title: The Edge of Seventeen Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 44m
“In the vein of classic coming-of-age films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, The Edge of Seventeen is a poignant and hilarious look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2), who is already at peak awkwardness when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson, Ravenswood) begins dating her all-star brother Darian (Blake Jenner, Glee). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. With the help of her reluctant sounding-board (Woody Harrelson, True Detective), she soon discovers that what feels like the end of the world may just be the beginning of growing up.”
3:13 – It is a really bad blue jacket. 6:45 – She suffocated the caterpillar in a pencil case! 8:10 – “You have love. You have my love. Very soon you’re going to have cheeseburgers.” 14:54 – Can you call dibs on a whole house? 17:06 – Oh god, I don’t miss being a teenager. 22:32 – I like that to describe a weekend. “Below average.” 24:32 – Who throws a shoe? 28:52 – So many people are going to relate to the talking to yourself in front of the mirror thing. 35:20 – “You’re on a Ferris wheel, you’re upset.” 39:36 – He is literally the best teacher ever. 43:22 – I didn’t know you could mix slush puppies. I don’t think I’d want to. 55:28 – Funny when “you are perfectly fine” is exactly what you want to hear. 1:02:21 – “Can I mime?’ 1:05:36 – Bad UX to have send and cancel so close to each other! 1:06:50 – “You want to watch for run on sentences.” 1:10:41 – Windows emojis are kinda scary. 1:28:53 – “I’m sorry for being a bitch tonight. And the last few weeks. And the 17 years before that.”
Love this film. I was really looking forward to it, being a fan of the lovely Haiz, and it didn’t disappoint. There are so many wonderful things about it, but the over-arching one is that it reminded me exactly what it was like to be a teenager - all the aching pains that come with despising your teenage self - it was like watching my previous life unfolding on screen.
It was also a really relaxing film to watch because it felt like, although there was drama, it was just told in a simple, plain way, without any bells and whistles. No major thumping songs, no crazy product placement, or over-use of mobile phones so that you have to have the text all over the screen). It almost feels timeless, the story, and one I know I’ll watch again.
Haiz was fabulous, and my obsession with Woody Harrelson just continues to grow.