11-17-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (2016)
One of my favorite films from last year was Marielle Heller’s coming of age drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl. If you enjoyed this picture and others over the last few years about the pains of adolescence and growing up then you’re sure to enjoy The Edge of Seventeen. The film follows a young girl named Nadine (a charismatic Hailee Steinfeld) and her various relationships with family, friends and her journeys through high school; albeit very much from an adult perspective. Things get particularly tough for Nadine when she finds out her best friend has slept with her brother after a party one night. Seemingly all on her own (her father past away from a heart attack and her mother thinks her brother can do no wrong) Nadine is forced with no other options but to befriend her high school English teacher Mr. Bruner (a delightful Woody Harrelson) for comfort and resolve.
Dark humor aside, the thing I love most about The Edge of Seventeen is how genuinely real the dialogue is written as it brings out all those uncomfortable and awkward situations each of us at some point in our lives has run into but are far too embarrassed to talk about. Emma Stone has enjoyed great success in Woody Allen films since her teenage-drama Easy A and I believe Steinfeld would have to be on the shortlist for his next comedy.
The Edge of Seventeen is bold and at times hilariously funny. Certainly a film you don’t want to miss. I give The Edge of Seventeen 3 out of 4 Stars.