FILM REVIEW | The Edge of Seventeen

Student and teacher: Oscar-nominated actors Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson star in the latest teen classic to hit screens, The Edge of Seventeen. The film is in cinemas now and is rated M.
Student and teacher: Oscar-nominated actors Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson star in the latest teen classic to hit screens, The Edge of Seventeen. The film is in cinemas now and is rated M.

Teen movies – they cop some flack but they can often be the types of films that earn immediate, dedicated fan bases.

There are obvious stand-outs – Rebel Without a Cause, The Breakfast Club, Ten Things I Hate About You.

More recently we’ve been treated with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The DUFF.

It’s less than a month old, but 2017 has already delivered another teen movie for the ages: The Edge of Seventeen.

Like any teen movie worth its salt, The Edge of Seventeen has a protagonist that feels the world just doesn’t understand her.

Hailee Steinfeld (Oscar-nominated for True Grit back in 2011 at just 14 years old) plays Nadine – socially awkward, insecure, yet dead-certain than everyone else is a faker and a try-hard.

She can’t stand her popular, good-looking, reliable brother Darian (Blake Jenner, Glee) and struggles to find common ground with her fragile mother (Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer).

But she can rely on her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) – at least until Krista starts dating Darian.

This starts an occasionally-hilarious, always-awkward and highly revealing downward spiral for Nadine, who now finds a lunch buddy and confidante in her surly history teacher (Woody Harrelson, True Detective).

Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig has perfectly captured the sheer awkwardness of teenagerhood.

Nadine, even if she’s not aware of it, is constantly trying to act like this perfectly off-beat, self-assured person who knows everything there is to know about people and life.

She is terrified of taking part in the real world and makes terrible decisions when faced with conflict.

The Edge of Seventeen nails snarky teen dialogue and doesn’t sugar-coat the language.

Like most teen movies the plot is entirely predictable, but the film is more about the characters and shedding some light on the teenage experience.

The Edge of Seventeen will surely become a teen classic, The Breakfast Club for the new generation.

Plus, there’s enough laughs and drama in the film for even those out of their teens to appreciate as well.

Do yourself a favour: see it.