Fifth about The Seventh

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen: Kelly Fremon Craig’s film is an unassuming and entertaining look at a much-portrayed phase; the story resonates and doesn’t feel trite (even if it’s not all that original either), thanks to the smart dialogue writing and earnest approach. The main character manages to be both unbearable and lovable (in other words, a realistic teenager); Hailee Steinfeld’s solid performance makes her intelligence and charm apparent, as well as her awkwardness. Her repartee with Woody Harrelson, who is also very fine, is priceless. The rest of the cast (Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson and Blake Jenner) are perfectly adequate in their roles, not truly given much to do. The film has a simple, efficient but almost indifferent look; the selection of songs in the soundtrack is a good one.


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