The Edge of Seventeen Review

A straightforward coming-of-age dramedy, what The Edge of Seventeen lacks in surprises, it makes up for in the sharp performance of its actors. Nadine Franklin (Hailee Steinfeld)—the titular seventeen-year old—feels that the world both revolves around her and wants nothing but for her to be unhappy. Quick witted and quick to anger, Nadine lashes out at everyone close to her, which sets the story into motion when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) begins to date her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson)—Nadine’s high school teacher and spat partner—Mona (Kyra Sedgwick)—Nadine’s widowed mother—and Erwin (Yaden Szeto)—Nadine’s awkward love interest—round out the rest of the cast, providing Nadine the opportunity to grow out of her immaturity. That’s it, really. Kelly Fremon Craig who directed and wrote the film, doesn’t necessarily play the story by the numbers so much as the unfolding of the story.  Funny beats and moments of sincerity otherwise keep The Edge of Seventeen afloat.

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