What ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ taught me about myself

The Edge of Seventeen

Another movie review! There were so many great movies out today, but I chose The Edge of Seventeen because I was in the mood for a funny, lighthearted film. Well, I definitely chose wrong, but it still turned out to be a good thing.

This movie stars Hailee Steinfeld as a awkward 17-year-old girl named Nadine whose life is turned upside down after her best friend starts dating her older brother. It was written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. I really wanted to see this ever since I heard about it. I’ve been a fan of Hailee ever since True Grit in 2010.

For some reason I got the impression that this was more of a teen comedy, but instead it’s very much an angsty teen drama. There are definitely funny moments but it’s a drama for sure. So if you like that genre of film, this will be right up your alley.

I loved this movie, and I thought it was so well done, probably because I could relate to it so much. I could see so much of my younger self (and my current self, to be honest) in Nadine. I remember being that age and being so angry at everything — especially my parents — thinking everything and everyone was against me, and anytime something bad happened it felt like the end of the world. I still feel like that sometimes. I was super awkward and weird like Nadine and I didn’t feel like I really fit in at my school either. Like Nadine I still sometimes ask myself, “Why am I so awkward?” lol.

There was one scene of the movie that touched me so much that I cried (and I heard other people in the theater crying too). I do not cry very often in movies. Seriously, Hailee Steinfeld touched my heart in that scene and she was SO good in the entire film. She was so multifaceted in the way she was able to deliver on the sense of humor, awkwardness, loneliness, selfishness, sweetness, and pain of her character Nadine. The character was so complex and although she was being a total brat I was still rooting for her. I love that.

Hailee Steinfeld and Hayden Szeto in The Edge of Seventeen

The rest of the cast was great as well. Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hayden Szeto, and Blake Jenner all gave really good supporting performances.

As for negative things about the movie, there were some things that people did and said that seemed far-fetched, but it didn’t ruin the movie for me at all.

The only complaint I really had was that it seemed like it ended too soon. Although there was closure, Nadine’s story seemed to just drop off at the end and I didn’t feel like there was any real resolution. I was disappointed with that because I wanted more! But maybe that’s the point: that there is no answer. You just have to keep going and make the best out of what you have.

Everything will be okay. Don’t be so distracted by the negative things in your life that you miss all of the good things. Nadine spent so much time worrying about how other people perceived her and what other people did and said to her, that she overlooked so many good things. It really made me look at myself and ask, do I act like that? Nadine was the most beautiful and happy when she let go of all of the anger and resentment and just lived in the moment. I think we can all learn something from that.

Rating: 4.5/5

  • I can finally comment on this post because I saw the movie today! I agree with everything you said. I teared up more than once though. Haha! Hailee was amazing! Hayden Szeto/Erwin was so great. So was Woody. I mean, really, the whole cast was awesome. I loved it!

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