1 hr. 38 min.
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexual content, language and some drinking - all involving teens
Hailee Steinfeld ...
Haley Lu Richardson ...
Blake Jenner ...
Kyra Sedgwick ...
Woody Harrelson ...
Hayden Szeto ...
Alexander Calvert ...
Eric Keenleyside ...
Nesta Cooper ...
Daniel Bacon ...
Lina Renna ...
Ava Grace Cooper ...
Christian Michael Cooper ...
plays Nadine, an angry teen whose disappointment with life stems from a
family tragedy. Even before that, however, she would present as
antisocial, especially compared to her oh-so-perfect teen heartthrob
brother Darian (Blake Jenner). She has
one pal, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), who creates a rift in the friendship when she starts
dating Darian. Not helping matters much is Nadine's distracted mom (Kyra
Sedgwick), whose mid-life crisis has reached peak code levels.
her young life in turmoil, Nadine frequently seeks solace from her
laconic history teacher (Woody Harrelson), but his style of support is to outdo
her in the "I'm More Dead Inside Than You" Competition. Her threats of
suicide can barely get a rise out of him, but his companionship proves
When the story finally gets going, Nadine
seems stuck in her life. She's carnally interested in a dreamy guy at
school yet she has so much more chemistry with Erwin, an equally
socially awkward classmate (Hayden
Szeto). Anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy knows where all of
this is going, but it's the journey that makes this film so special.
Additionally, Hailee Steinfeld commands this film with such assurance, daring
at times to be completely unsympathetic yet managing to expose a raw
embodies the type of person who seems to be drowning yet shows little
glimmers of the truly kind person trying to push her way to the waters'
While not an accomplished visual stylist, as a first
time director, Kelly Fremon Craig demonstrates real skill at letting each moment breathe,
savoring that deliciousness of real human interactions. At times, it
descends into sitcom beats, so that style can't help but find its way into material he
produces. Still, there's a true beating heart here that makes this a film