The Edge of Seventeen, 2016
Signed up the 28/03/2017
I've had to watch The Edge of Seventeen a couple of times before I could share the same sentiments as the rest of the reviews that have given it high praise. I think my reluctance to see it for what it is at first was influenced by the fact that I had seen this storyline before, just exactly as it is, in Netflix's 13 Reasons Why- which also had an angsty, suicidal girl whose mind was just too old for her young body. Nadine is Hannah, a little more giggly, but Hannah nonetheless. But then I had to also remember that 'Seventeen was a 2016 movie, so if any one of them borrowed from the other, it would be Netflix's hitshow that came out earlier this year.
Nadine is most of us in high school, needy, insecure and hot with anger. It's even worse when your sibling or bestie are/become the hottest thing in school and you just stay... dull, erratic old you who everyone finds repulsive and unrelatable.
This movie is a very good teen movie. I wouldn't place it right next to the likes of Mean Girls and The Breakfast Club, but I've sure as hell enjoyed the same bareness and honesty from it that these classic movies offer. spoilerThere's a scene where Nadine has become so lonely that all she has going for her was being able to have the big sofa all to herself so that she could catch as many cartoons as she wanted without disturbance. This might be considered a luxury to a nerd who has accepted their fate, but she's no nerd; she considers things like the fact that at that same moment her peers are at some pool party or hanging out at a cool spot while she's being a pathetic couch potato who no one wants to hang around. What was more sore in this scene is when her popular brother- who made it a point to take her bestie from her by working his irresistible charm to convince her to be his girlfriend- and her bestie, who she doesn't speak to anymore, walked in laughing and finding her lonely, friendless butt alone watching TV.
You wouldn't be wasting your time if you caught this movie a few times. It might be a little more cotton candy than TBC, but it does depict teen angst well enough for you to keep going back for some really good scenes. Oh, and Woody Harrelson is a cool, very unexpected, addition to the cast. Hailee Steinfeld also proves that she's one of the most capable young actresses right now. I just wish she could stop trying to be a popstar, and rather embrace more roles like this and the likes of the character she plays in True Grit.
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