Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.
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I definitely did enjoy If I Stay, but the whole time there was a certain element that felt half a beat off. Even in retrospect, it's hard to pinpoint, but it revolves around Mia and Adam's relationship -- perhaps that it doesn't feel genuine, or the fact that neither say "I love you" directly at all during the film. The ending was by far my favorite part, though, and made everything else okay. Definitely good.
Hated it the first time around I watched it while back. But I saw it for the second time on TV not long ago and it felt slightly better. Yes, it felt uneven at times. If only it had focused more on the family drama, rather than that draggy-and-unconvincing romance agenda.
Yes, this is ridiculously manipulative, incredibly sappy with a lot of false honesty and cheesiness in the mix. It is shameless in its up-front approach to grab its teen audience as a Hollywood production like this tends to be. But it does have a good enough soundtrack. I honestly only stayed for the tunes.