Gradebook: The Edge of Seventeen
The Edge of Seventeen : The Gradebook is the ratings of newly released films by the contributors and fans of We Live Film and We Live Entertainment. If you are interested in participating, join the We Live Film Fan Chat Page on Facebook and look for the weekly posts of new releases.
Zachary Marsh: The Edge of Seventeen (10/10)
Movies like The Edge of Seventeen are my bread and butter. Sharply written, constantly funny, and overall a tender and relatable coming of age flick that boasts an incredible lead performance from Hailee Steinfeld as well as some standout roles from Woody Harrelson and Hayden Szeto. Like Perks of Being a Wallflower, this really struck several notes within me. I cannot wait to see this again; I had the biggest grin on my face during at least 85% of the film.
Ashley Menzel: The Edge of Seventeen (7/10)
The Edge of Seventeen is a cute and funny coming of age tale with great casting and performances. Unfortunately, an extremely predictable story make the film forgettable. The message behind Edge of Seventeen is, of course, a great message about finding a way to love and appreciate yourself and those around you. I don’t have an issue with that but more the fact that the story is really predictable and superficial in a way. It doesn’t get into the dark places that could’ve made it much more powerful.
Scott Menzel: The Edge of Seventeen (7/10)
As someone who grew up watching and loving John Hughes films, The Edge of Seventeen is a real treat. Hailee Steinfeld is terrific as Nadine capturing every element of what it is like to be an awkward teenager. Woody Harrelson is equally as excellent as her lovable sarcastic English teacher who consistently gives her a hard time. The rest of the cast is delightful as well. My only real issue with the film is that it tends to be fairly predictable and doesn’t push the envelope far enough. Given the film’s R rating, there are a few moments within the story that I wished Kelly Fremon Craig would have gone a bit further in creating an emotional connection with the viewer. It is still a great coming of age film, and one that I think will be admired by many for generations to come.
Tony Estrada: The Edge of Seventeen (8.5/10)
This is the best coming-of-age movie I’ve seen in a long time. It contains some of the best writing I’ve seen this year as well as some of the most emotional and even funniest moments of this year. Hailee Steinfeld gives one of the best performances of the year doing a believable job of portraying a teenager with a very difficult life. It has a great message about appreciating yourself, the other performances are great especially Woody Harrelson, and the direction is sharp from beginning to end. The Edge of Seventeen is a fantastic coming-of-age film with sharp writing and direction, great performances, great balance between comedy and drama, and a great message that I think everyone can find relatable.
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for The Edge of Seventeen: 8.1/10
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