“The Edge of Seventeen” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

8 December, 2016

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Screenwriter: Kelly Fremon Craig
Director of Photography: Doug Emmett
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner

Synopsis: The ins and outs of high school life as experienced by an awkward and self-critical girl whose world is turned upside down after her best friend starts dating her older brother.

Edge of Seventeen Review:

An exercise in self-analysis from newcomer Kelly Fremon Craig, who constructs a female-centred drama around the concept of miscommunication. “The Edge of Seventeen” is a coming of age movie guided by the memories and life lessons of an adult and it maturely, and rather meticulously, captures the lack of objectivity and reason that goes into being a teenager.

As the movie slowly rummages through the bag of life, it reveals an adorably flawed protagonist whose struggles with low self-esteem influence her day-to-day existence. “The Edge of Seventeen” chips away at the self-absorption and defeatism that everyone experiences in their younger years and the struggle is very real for a girl who underestimates her value and potential in both her public and private life.

For those who have already survived life as a young adult, “The Edge of Seventeen” is a relatable and often times infuriating experience, featuring a host of painful errors in judgement and unnecessary moments of self-deprecation. It’s a comedy that skilfully morphs discontent into humour and the transformation from monstrous adolescent into decent human being isn’t a simple process, with the movie’s sympathetic line of view only acting as a reminder of the sheer ridiculousness of teen behaviour.

“The Edge of Seventeen” features a hammy message about the importance of compassion and communication and it exists firmly within the boundaries set by the high school genre. Thankfully, Kelly Fremon Craig’s ability to empathise with the predicaments of every single character in the story allows for multiple perspectives which gives the audience a level of awareness that remains hidden from the young protagonist. Everyone has their own piece to add to the puzzle of life and the movie suggests that sometimes looking back on those embarrassing teen years is the key to genuine self-acceptance.


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The Edge of Seventeen