The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen

Kelly Fremon (2016)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hailee Steinfeld steals the show as Nadine, an awkward teenager negotiating life without her dad, a manic family life and unrequited crushes. Perfectly capturing the often agonising teenage experience, the film's script is intelligent enough to balance coming-of-age clichés with a modern perspective. Nadine's misadventures (bad dates, worse parties and clashes with her mother) generate sympathy thanks to the quirky charisma of the young star, as well as the supporting cast. Chief among the film's strengths is the begrudging friendship between Nadine and her weary, sarcastic teacher (played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson). The pair have fantastic comic chemistry. Making the teen comedy formula feel fresh is no easy feat and director Kelly Fremon Craig's complex perspective on growing up feels more authentic than most. While it is definitely geared more towards the social media generation, anyone with bittersweet memories of school life will laugh and wince in equal measure.

Summary

Premiere. High-school life becomes even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. Feeling more alone than ever, Nadine strikes up an unexpected friendship with Erwin, which gives her a glimmer of hope that life as a high-school junior may not be so bad after all. Coming-of-age comedy drama, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto and Woody Harrelson.

Cast & Crew

Nadine Hailee Steinfeld
Mr Bruner Woody Harrelson
Mona Kyra Sedgwick
Krista Haley Lu Richardson
Darian Blake Jenner
Erwin Kim Hayden Szeto
Tom Eric Keenleyside
Shannon Nesta Cooper
Nick Mossman Alexander Calvert
Director Kelly Fremon
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 30 Nov 2016
Drama