The Edge of Seventeen ★★★

This throwback teen drama is pleasing less due to its own accomplishments than because it instills a sense of nostalgia for more sensitively mounted teen films from a generation or two ago. Writer/director Fremon Craig indulges her protagonist’s worldview to an uncomfortable degree. It’s hard to understand if the film is undercutting her despair or validating it at times. The side effect of this uncertainty is that it takes forever for subsidiary characters to shift into focus... and many never do. As such, this underdeveloped film generally fails to feel dramatically satisfying even though it has sass to spare.