James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (15)
D: Kelly Fremon Craig
STX/Gracie/Huayi Brothers/Tang Media/Virgin (James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai & Julie Ansell)
US 🇺🇸 2016
W: Kelly Fremon Craig
DP: Doug Emmett
Ed: Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Mus: Atli Örvarsson
Hailee Steinfeld (Nadine Franklin), Haley Lu Richardson (Krista), Blake Jenner (Darian Franklin), Woody Harrelson (Mr. Bruner), Hayden Szeto (Erwin Kim), Kyra Sedgwick (Mona Franklin)
Hailee Steinfeld stars in this coming-of-age comedy-drama as a troubled teenager trying to deal with growing up, her father's death and a dysfunctional relationship with the rest of her family. Things even go from bad to worse when her best (and only) friend starts dating her brother.
Although the main character isn't instantly likeable, especially in the film's opening act, it's actually quite easy to empathise with her due to the strength of Steinfeld's performance, which carries the entire movie, which becomes quite predictable in the last half hour.
Despite the script following the same blueprint as countless other stories of youngsters growing up, it does have some well-written characters and some sharp dialogue.
Woody Harrelson comes awfully close to stealing the movie as a laconic history teacher.
Definitely worth a watch.