I wanted to love it, for the acerbic screenplay and nuanced performances. "The Edge of Seventeen" ventures into dark, stressful territory most 'teen comedies' wouldn't broach -- but it betrays itself when it shoehorns tacky 'teen comedy' elements into the narrative, at the expense of a consistent tone and natural character development. Still a special film, but it could've been so much more.
Hailee Steinfeld gives one of the most brilliantly committed and thoughtful performances I've seen in a coming of age movie, perfectly portraying Nadine - and by extension, all teenagers - as her own worst enemy. The short texting scene towards the end between Nadine and her mother beautifully illustrates the eternal parenting anguish of Letting Go.
I like how it awknowledges the fact that being an angsty, anti-social, presumptuous, self-indulgent cynic who defines themselves as an "old soul" (mostly depicted in 2006-2008 indie films) isn't exactly "quirky" and is in fact just annoying and pretentious.
destined for coming-of-age glory. i'll get tired of hearing her songs on the radio but i'll never be tired of hailee steinfeld on screen. i initially rated this a 3 because maybe it's all too relatable for me.
Well scripted comedy/drama from debuting director Kelly Fremon who has written an exceptional part for young Hailee Steinfeld. The authenticity and pain of the teenage experience is well felt here as the script excels at both primary and supporting characterization. Jenner and Richardson are major finds and both turns feel so genuine.
This is a gem of a comedy that is as serious as it is funny. Hailee Stanfield is an absolute delight here giving an excellent performance and the supporting cast is brilliant especially Woody Harrelson as a cynical History teacher. This one gets it right.
Subverting many of the genre's stereotypes without feeling inorganic, writer/director Kelly Fremon crafts a relatable, personal tale of teenage depression that is as engaging as it is enlightening. Anchored by the performance of a future star, Hailee Steinfeld, Edge of Seventeen is nuanced, well written and consistently surprising, making it one of the best coming-of-age films of the last decade.
A lot of great characters played by some great actors, including "Everybody Wants Some"'s Blake Jenner and "The Bronze"'s Haley Lu Richardson alongside Hailee Steinfeld, who is shaping up to be a real talent herself. A lot of fun, very realistic, but I couldn't help but feel that this film does continue to make the idea of "it's okay to treat other people poorly if you're feeling poorly" a social norm.