Not left on the “Edge” of my seat


“The Edge of Seventeen”, written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, and Kyra Sedgwick. The film centers around Steinfeld’s character Nadine, a junior in high school who experiences trouble when her lifelong friend Krista, played by Haley Lu Richardson, begins to date her older brother Darian, played by Blake Jenner.

I had no intention of seeing this movie when I walked into the theater. Audiences who’ve seen it before my screening had led me to believe that this film was going to be a great teen comedy. Reading reviews online I was informed that this would become my generation’s “American Pie“, or the next “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. The hype made me go against my better judgment. After finally seeing the movie I had no idea where the comparison to either of those came from.

This movie reeked of cliches and predictable circumstances. From the first frame and well into the exposition, audiences are exposed to vomited exposition left and right. Craig wrote and directed the movie. Coming from a person who has dabbled in filmmaking I can understand how hard it is to write OR direct. When taking the helm to tackle both, the chances of having sloppy writing is high. Craig pushes to make the dialogue between the teenagers in this film feel genuine. Surrounded by teenagers every day of my life, how the writer/director depicts the present day demographic is far from accurate.

This film was completed with a budget of only nine million dollars. I tend to support the little productions who compete with blockbusters like “Doctor Strange”. The film is given a rating of ‘R.’ Though you don’t find many cuss words in a kids movie or talk about suicide or sex, this movie did not need to be restricted. PG-13 could have been fine, and even could have helped its box office.  

“The Edge of Seventeen” had potential. As much as I believe this movie to be a boring waste of time, there is always an audience. Whenever I could see a joke going somewhere slightly humorous the content was left dead in its tracks. The only decent contributions were from Woody Harrelson’s character. He played a crude, inconsiderate teacher for the first two acts, which was actually pretty funny when he interacted with Nadine. But because all movies need to have happy endings they kill all of that in the last half-hour and make him the nice guy. I wanted to like The Edge of Seventeen. With sloppy writing, mediocre performances, and something I can assure you have seen, take it from me and save your money.