Review: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is an absolute delight. This is a really funny, sweet, real movie. Of course thirteen year-old Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) curses God for her uncanny resemblance to “Vote for Pedro” as she hits puberty. As she hits seventeen, she is gawkily charming, but she can be insufferable as well – in the grand scheme of things, her issues (best friend going out with brother) aren’t all that bad. As said brother (Blake Jenner) so succinctly puts it, “Please rise above yourself Nadine”. This scenario probably packs more of a punch if you have siblings you  love-hate, but I think everyone knows (or is) a Nadine. As real as Kelly Fremon Craig’s script rings, it is this wonderful cast, especially Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson and Woody Harrelson that really sell it by playing compelling and flawed human beings. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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