MOVIE REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) has always been a bit awkward… okay, a lot awkward, which has been even more highlighted by the fact that her brother, Darian (Blake Jenner) is about the coolest, most popular kid in school. Fortunately, Nadine has her best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), who hates Darian just as much as she does.

Then after one fateful night, Darian and Krista realise they quite fancy each other and Nadine’s world comes to a standstill. Feeling more lost than ever, Nadine is forced to face that not everything is immediately as it seems and that the world might not actually revolve around her.

It’s been a while since I watched a teen movie that I didn’t hate and I have to say this one was a bit of fresh air. Nadine is exactly what a teenager should be – hilarious, horny, confused, angry and extremely frustrating to watch for an adult. Steinfeld fills her with life and makes you want to hug her and shake her in equal measure.

The best part of this film is the relationships though. Seeing Nadine interact with her mother, Mona (Kyra Sedgewick) is heartbreaking. As they both trying to cope with the loss of Nadine’s father who was the glue holding them together. She also has a love interest in the way of film maker, Erwin (Hayden Szeto) not that she’d notice as she’s too busy sending very questionable texts to Nick Mossman (Alexander Calvert). The most interesting relationship is the one Nadine has with her grumpy history teacher, Mr Bruner who is played by a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson.

It’s not perfect. Things tie up far too easily at the end and in places it feels a bit rushed but if you’re in the market for a bit of teen angst you could do a lot worse.



  1. I avoid American teen films whenever possible. However, Kyra Sedgewick (she’s married to Kevin Bacon) is usually excellent in most of her roles, so might be worth it for her.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I am not really a fan of any recent American teen films but this one doesn’t really follow the usual mold. You might very well enjoy it at least a little.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one – I thought you might like it. 🙂 I do still love a good teen movie! A “good” teen movie… Plenty of crappy ones!

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