Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig
Written by Kelly Fremon Craig
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
Run-Time: 1h 44m
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Available at: Netflix
When Nadine’s best (and only) friend starts dating her detested older brother, the teenage cynic’s life becomes even more unbearable. (Netflix)
I try my best to be as objective as possible when reviewing books and films, but sometimes my subjective opinions make it hard for me to do so. This is one of those time where I found myself struggling. Technically this is a very good film, and I definitely see why it has performed so well, but personally, I’m not the biggest fan.
My grievances come from the fact that I can’t relate to the main character, Nadine (Steinfeld). I find her to be an annoying and self-centred teen with often times toxic behaviour. For most of the movie, she was her own worst enemy— which I realize is an aspect of the plot but it still bothered me. Her mother definitely doesn’t help, and honestly, I think she’s just the worst. When it comes to the supporting characters, I don’t have much to complain about though. The highlight characters of the film (for me) are Mr. Burner (Harrelson) and Erwin Kim (Hayden Szeto).
When it comes to plot this is your classic coming of age story and shows not only the main character but those closest to her, growing in some way. This was definitely a good part of the film. I admit, in the end, I found Nadine had really learned a lesson and therefore liked her much more. The only shortcoming would be the way the mother changes, which seems more abrupt than anything.