“There are two types of people in the world. The people who radiate confidence and naturally excel at life, and the people who hope all those people die in a big explosion.” That pretty much sums up high school junior Nadine’s (Hailee Steinfeld) thoughts on the social ladder, with her being at the bottom of the pyramid.
Growing up is hard, and it’s even harder when at the age of 13 your new haircut makes you look like Pedro from “Napoleon Dynamite.” But Nadine is a tough girl who, even though her brother is the most popular guy at school, is happy just getting by with her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) at her side. Though, like every coming-of-age story there is always something that goes awry.
Her world suddenly turns upside down when her BFF and brother start dating. Feeling more alone then ever before, it seems like the end of the world. But isn’t that just what growing up feels like?
Kelly Fremon Craig makes her directorial debut with this teen drama that channels ‘80s John Cusack films. Woody Harrelson co-stars as Nadine’s looney History teacher and mentor. Kyra Sedgwick portrays Nadine’s snippy, completely ineffective mother, who is so glad to have a son who is so “perfect.”
Even better, Academy Award winner James L. Brooks, the filmmaker behind classics such as “Terms of Endearment,” “Say Anything” and “Jerry Maguire,” produced the picture.
“The Edge of Seventeen” opens in theaters on November 18.