7:30 PM, 15th March, 2017
Set in Portland, Oregon, The Edge of Seventeen concerns Nadine Franklin (Steinfeld), a 17-year-old, angst-ridden high-schooler who feels alone in the world upon learning that her best (and only) friend is dating her older brother (Jenner). To make matters worse, Nadine’s mother is largely absent and demeaning, whilst the guy she has a crush on barely knows she exists.
As she ponders the worth of her existence, Nadine seeks companionship in the form of her teacher, Mr Bruner (Harrelson) and her classmate Erwin (Hayden Szeto), learning the most important lesson of all: that life goes on.
The Edge of Seventeen provides an honest insight into what it is like to be a teenager in a modern world, briefly touching upon topics such as racism, consent and grief. I found it funny and well-written, employing the incisive use of dark humour to convey Nadine’s frustration at her life. This film is so much more than just a typical teen movie, and has something in it for people of all ages to relate to.
The movie earned star Hailee Steinfeld a well-deserved 2017 Golden Globes nomination. A must-see for anyone who enjoyed John Hughes classics such as The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.