Monday, May 1, 2017

The Edge of Seventeen 2016

     High school junior Nadine has been having a difficult time with growing up and it’s become harder since her father died.  Now it’s just mom, Nadine and her older brother Darian.  She begins to think she might be able to handle this but Darian starts to date Nadine’s best friend Krista.  The one thing Nadine feels about this is infuriated!!  She tries to convince Krista to stop seeing Darian and she tries to convince Darian to stop seeing Krista.  When none of her threats work for Nadine or Darian, she turns her back on both of them.  Nadine’s mom Mona wonders if it’s worth the multiplication of their struggles for Darian to date Krista?  Darian feels he has finally found someone who gets him?
     The biggest problem about the breakup of the friendship between Nadine and Krista is that Nadine has NO other friends.  The only person she can seem to communicate with his her teacher Mr. Bruner.  He seems to be immune to Nadine’s awkwardness and turmoil?  There are a lot of illustrations of life as a teen in high school!!  3* (This movie is OK)

104 min, Comedy/Drama directed by Kelly Fremon Craig with Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hayden Szeto, Alexander Calvert, Erick Keenleyside.

Note:  Imdb 7.5 out of 10, 95% critic 84% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 243 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Surrey, Vancouver, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada and Anaheim, California.  Lakewood High School is actually Guildford Park Secondary in Surrey.  Blake Jenner is not a child of Bruce Jenner, he was previously on Glee.  Hayden Szeto plays the character Erwin and he is actually 11 years older than Hailee Steinfeld.  He is 31 and she is 20.

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