Date watched: Saturday 22nd April 2017
Format: Digital Download
Year of release: 2016
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.”
We managed to miss this movie in the cinema – mostly because our cinema has a habit of keeping non blockbuster movies for about 6 days with really crappy film times. Nevertheless we made a mental note not to forget it and we finally managed to find an evening to sit and watch it at home.
The main draw to this movie for myself and my husband was Hailee Steinfield and Woody Harrelson. Much of the movie focuses on the dysfunctional student-teacher (not romantic, I’ll just add that in for clarity) relationship when Hailee’s character Nadine discovers her best friend and her boyfriend have hooked up. These two actors bounce of each other wonderfully and make the whole movie a harmless bit of fun.
Coming of age type movies are one of my favourite genres of movie – I guess because they’re usually about a social misfit of one description or another finding their own way and I think I kind of relate to that a little bit, even though I’m now only a year away from thirty. While this one wasn’t quite as good as some of my other favourites (“Easy A”, “The Way Way Back”) it was refreshing to see a movie that focused on something that does happen to most teenagers, which is the one tiny, insignificant act (in this case Nadine feeling as though her best friend betrayed her) feel as though it’s the end of the world.
This movie isn’t exactly groundbreaking cinema, but the script is sharp, the acting was spot on and the soundtrack was also pretty good. It was a nice break from all the mega blockbusters that are coming to our screens at the moment, and I’m actually kind of glad we missed it in the cinema because it ended up being the perfect movie for a chilled out evening on the sofa just watching a film.
My rating: 7/10