Making her directorial debut, Kelly Fremon Craig brings to us a coming of age comedy movie staring Haliee Steinfield, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Robinson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto, and Kyra Segwick. This movie is in my top five anticaptied movies of the year and I was extremely happy I was able to catch it a month early. *Mild Spoilers Ahead*
Starting at a young age, Her twin brother Darian (Blake Jenner) is one of the most popular kids in school. Nadine (Hailee Steinfield) is the total opposite. She is socially awkward and a loner. She was picked on by the “popular” girls until she met another little girl named Krista (Hayley Lu Richardson). For the next ten years, Nadine and Krista become extremely close and eventually best friends. All they have is truly each other in the wild jungle known as high school. Things get awkward when Darian starts dating her best friend Krista. Nadine now feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship with an awkward and caring Erwin (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things might not be so terrible after all, while having Mr. Burner (Woody Harrelson) as her voice of reason and mentor.
What makes The Edge of Seventeen so different from other teen movies for me, is how on point and relatable is Nadine. Nadine goes through mostly everything I have gone through when I was younger. At one point in the movie, she locks herself in the bathroom and asks herself “why is she so awkward?”. I remember going to parties and asking myself the same thing. It hits some familiar beats, but The Edge of Seventeen is a refreshing comedy that is both funny and genuine, with a lot of heart. The performances are all top notch, and this movie just feels so real. Haliee Steinfield and Woody Harrelson have great chemistry together and it reminds me of one of my teachers back in high school.
Forget about any other teen movie that was created for this generation. After watching The Edge of Seventeen, nothing else compares. I never seen such an accurate representation of my teenage years before I saw this movie. It is a well written and acted gem of a movie about a troubled high school girl who has trouble relating to others. It’s a standard premise, but the execution is perfection, helped by an amazing script and an incredible Hailee Steinfield as Nadine. It feels extremely real and it will feel close to home for some of the viewers who watch this. I am so happy that something like this exists. Catch it in theaters next month. SuperSam Rating: A+.