Edge of Seventeen was written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The cast stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson.
The film revolves around Steinfelds character, Nadine. No really, the whole story in her eyes revolves around her. Nadine considers herself the black sheep of the family and even more so after her father passes away. Her brother is the typical popular athlete. Nadine has one friend Krista, but soon learns that her brother and Krista like each other and want to date, making Nadine spin into a whirlwind of bratty emotion.
The entire film is about how everything terrible (or how she sees it) happens to her and never happens to anyone else and no one will ever understand her. A typical teenager who thinks the world revolves around them story. Everything that happens is the end of the world and nothing can be fixed.
There is one scene where is an unfortunate circumstance of teenage girls trying to get attention of boys by saying that they will do certain things just so the boy will notice them. That was a powerful scene and unfortunately does reflect on some people’s views of ‘liking’ someone and just to have them ‘like’ you back, you say things you normally wouldn’t say.
Nadine wants everything just to happen to her. She does not see why she would have to change, that everyone else should bend and change to her personality. That shecan be awful but no one can be awful to her.
Woody Harrelson’s character in the film is the best. He does not put up with Nadine’s dramatic bullshit. And boy, do I mean dramatic. He points out her selfishness, her dramaticism and lack thereof genuine nice personality.
The rest of the cast was fine, not a performance to ride home about. They did what the story called for.
This film was the perfect representation of every self-obsessed, full of it teenager.