Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Writer: Kelly Fremon Craig
DOP: Doug Emmett
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

Highschool life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her only friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

Angsty teenage dramas are very hard to get right for all audiences and this is one which manages to do so. It is R-rated and has realistic language which is unusual because most of the films in this genre is aimed chiefly at not so adult population goes for a milder rating with mild language. Edge of Seventeen is suitable for all and is a fun watch even though it gets through most the clichés that you expect in terms of character progression.

Hailee Steinfeld, who made her debut with Coens in the 'True Grit', plays the protagonist and Woody Harrelson plays the role of a very non-cuddly, non-PC history teacher. Their chemistry is excellent. Overall it is a good watch with very good performances. It is one of those films where you don't end up pausing to see how much of it is left. Another film from this genre that I had like was Emma Stone starrer 'Easy A'.

Rating: 3/5