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The Edge of Seventeen

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and some drinking—all involving teens.
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Primary Audience:
Adults Older Teens
Comedy Drama
1 hr. 44 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
November 18, 2016 (wide—1,945 theaters)
DVD: February 14, 2017
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Featuring: Hailee SteinfeldNadine
Woody HarrelsonMr. Bruner
Haley Lu Richardson … Krista
Blake Jenner … Darian
Kyra Sedgwick … Mona
Hayden Szeto … Erwin
Alexander Calvert … Nick Mossman
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Director: Kelly Fremon—writer of “Post Grad” (2009)
Producer: Gracie Films
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Distributor: STX Entertainment

“You’re only young once… is it over yet?”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’—an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman in today's modern world.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning, but completely ineffective, mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine's History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ marks the feature film directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks—the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Big,’ ‘Say Anything,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘As Good as It Gets’.”

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Movie Critics

…A warm, winning teen-com… It's really, really good. …
—Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

…the best teen movie in years… Hailee Steinfeld is excellent in this charming and insightful film about the turbulence of teendom. …
—Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

…the savviest teen comedy in years, Hailee Steinfeld gives a star performance…
—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

…winning coming-of-age dramedy… the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It’s a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end. …
—Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

“The Edge of Seventeen” understands adolescence… unhurried, dryly funny, with empathy for both winners and losers… [4/5]
—Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer

…This is less a throwback to cutely misunderstood Molly Ringwald than to “My So-Called Life” — but with our high-school heroine stuck in a spiral like Claire Danes never knew. … [3]
—Tom Russo, The Boston Globe

…actress Hailee Steinfeld's Nadine is as likeable a crying-out-for-help teen as you're likely to meet onscreen… The problem is The Edge of Seventeen also packs noxious teen-movie content into that humor and insight. It accepts the “fact” that an average high schooler’s day is constantly peppered with f-bombs and the like. … [2/5]
—Bob Hoose, Plugged In

…self-indulgent but comical teenage angst… an unacceptable, excessive movie about modern teenagers with a Romantic, pagan worldview full of teenage rebellion and plenty of foul language and bad behavior…
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

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