The Edge of Seventeen
The Edge of Seventeen is a 2016 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, in her directorial debut.
Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until an unexpected friendship with a thoughtful teen (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.
Why It Rocks
- One of the best, and funniest teen movies in years.
- Nadine is a highly relatable and funny character. Her impulsive emotions and unwise choices allow the viewer to get into her world.
- What also makes her so compelling is that she isn't always nice. She's able to laugh at herself for her foolishness, but her default mode is misanthropy.
- Hailee Steinfeld's performance is outstanding, probably one of her top performances.
- It reflects on what teens are really doing and how they behave, making it rather difficult to watch.
- The rest of the characters are really good too. Even Krista, Nadine's ex-best friend and Darian, Nadine's brother and Krista's boyfriend.
- It blends funny moments and touching moments really well without feeling out of place.
- It's a teen film done right. None of the teenagers act extremely weird or out of place, they know what they're doing. Also, it has a relatable plot that only teens would understand, and some may have gone through.
- The animated short at the end was nothing but a short bit of awesome.
- Even though it's an R-rated film and does have raunchy content such as sexual content and swearing, it doesn't focus on any of that and instead focuses on the story, characters, and heart, and, as said before, it's done correctly, especially for a comedy.
- It also shares some elements from Eighth Grade.
- The "Dickhead" song that Erwin plays to Nadine when they're in his pool.
The Edge of Seventeen is one of the rare teen films that have been positively received by critics and audiences, with a 94% critic score and 83% audience score, a 7.3 on IMDb, and a 77 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews."