The Edge of Seventeen

Published March 25, 2017

The Edge of Seventeen

Film info

  • Title The Edge of Seventeen
  • Director Kelly Fremon Craig
  • Year 2016
  • Run time 1hr 44m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline You're only young once... is it over yet?

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, who is already at peak awkwardness when her best friend Krista begins dating her all-star brother Darian. All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. With the help of her reluctant sounding-board, she soon discovers that what feels like the end of the world may just be the beginning of growing up.

Live blog

Time Comment
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.

Rating: 5/5.

Rating: 5 / 5

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