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Running Time:
1 hr. 38 min.

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual content, language and some drinking - all involving teens

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
With a sharp script and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance, this is more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.

Additional Info:
Hailee Steinfeld ... Nadine
Haley Lu Richardson ... Krista
Blake Jenner ... Darian
Kyra Sedgwick ... Mona
Woody Harrelson ... Mr. Bruner
Hayden Szeto ... Erwin
Alexander Calvert ... Nick Mossman
Eric Keenleyside ... Tom
Nesta Cooper ... Shannon
Daniel Bacon ... M.C.
Lina Renna ... Little Nadine
Ava Grace Cooper ... Young Krista
Christian Michael Cooper ... Young Darian

The Edge of Seventeen
Hailee Steinfeld 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.

With 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 invaluable nonetheless.

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 heart. She 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' surface.

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 to relish. 

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