The Edge of Seventeen portrays the life of an average teenage girl; full of humour, awkward encounters and bittersweet moments. It wasn’t long ago that a few of us were obsessing over classic teenage comedies like Never Been Kissed and Clueless, a time where owning a beeper and cute skirts were accessories to your social status in high school.
Fast forward to the Internet boom and Social Media way of life, Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) takes us into her troubled childhood, crazy mother and awkward social demeanour. Her old soul doesn’t know how to fit in with the crowd, but with the help of bestie Krista, she’s in a happy state – which is why when she got ‘”betrayed” by her childhood BFF (and only friend) after “hooking up” with her flawless older brother, it all just went downhill from there!
Ok, so this isn’t some Fault in Our Stars teenage drama where a girl and a boy falls deeply in love, and the whole cinema ends up in tears from start to finish. This movie did not sugar coat Nadine’s story, it deals with the mental and emotional struggle of a teenager who feels like the whole universe is against her. However, Nadine’s honest and candid personality made her a likeable character, something that TEOS boasts – every character has a story to tell.
The Edge of Seventeen is a coming of age movie that teaches you how to let go and to see the bright side of things, even when sometimes they go terribly wrong. And that when you least expect it, something great will be waiting for you at the end. It pulls heartstrings, makes you cackle and it really makes you think about your teenage years and say, “ahhh… those were the days.”
You have to see this. In NZ cinemas January 5, 2017.
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) = AWESOME ☆☆☆☆