Fifth about The Seventh

Before I Fall

Before I Fall: while this film applies many clichés of teenager movies to a famed time-loop blueprint, to look into Ry Russo-Young’s film simply in those terms is to sell it a bit short. Its theme is earnest, even if somewhat obvious, as the film tackles its important issue head-on. The characters are typically represented, and for the most part treated with almost undue generosity by the story (matching the themes, at least). Zoey Deutch looks a few years too old for the part, but she nevertheless charmingly manages to play well the many different states of her character; the rest of the cast is not asked to do much. The film has a striking set of locations, and has a slick but generic look.

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