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Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)


What is it about? 

A young girl struggles with the idea of her best friend and her brother dating, all while dealing with the issues of being a teenager. 

Who is in it? 

Hailee Steinfeld - Nadine

Haley Lu Richardson - Krista

Blake Jenner - Darian

Woody Harrelson - Mr. Bruner

Favorite Scene: 

After losing Krista to her brother and realizing she has no other friends, Nadine spends lunch in the room with Mr. Bruner which leads to some pretty funny back-and-forth dialogue. 

Favorite Quote: 

"Life's about taking risks. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there."

Review: 

Edge of Seventeen is a very funny film. As the title and trailer gives away, this is a film that anyone can relate to during their adolescent years. But also, it's a a film that anyone, of any age, can relate to. After all, we all deal with the fear of being alone, and being self-conscious. That never goes away. 

What makes Edge of Seventeen worth the watch is not the typical coming of age plot, but really, the essence and realness of it. And quite frankly, the work of Hailee Steinfeld. This was my first time seeing her work (I haven't seen Pitch Perfect 2), and she outright carries this film. From her obnoxious teenage moments, to the moments where you feel for her. 

And of course, there is Woody Harrelson, who plays Mr. Bruner and has some awesome scenes with Steinfeld that just make this film. 

All in all, Edge of Seventeen isn't going to bring home any Oscars or change your life, but it is a good film, with some really funny moments that is all around entertaining. 

Again, definitely worth a watch. 

Grade: 3/5

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