Teen movies so often cop flak but they can be the types of films that earn immediate and dedicated fan bases.
There are obvious stand-outs – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, in fact anything by John Hughes, Rebel Without a Cause, Ten Things I Hate About You and the more recent 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 film worth its salt this one has a protagonist who feels the world just doesn’t understand her. Hailee Steinfeld (Oscar-nominated for the True Grit remake at just 14) is Nadine – socially awkward, insecure, yet dead-certain everyone else is a fake.
She can’t stand her popular, good-looking, reliable brother Darian (Glee’s Blake Jenner) and struggles to find common ground with her fragile mum (Kyra Sedgwick).
But she can rely on best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) – at least until Krista starts dating Darian. Then Nadine finds a lunch buddy and confidante in her surly history teacher (Woody Harrelson).
Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig has well captured teenage awkwardness.
The plot is predictable but the film is more about characters and shedding light on teenage years. It’ll surely become The Breakfast Club for a new generation.