Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld stars in The Edge of Seventeen which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week. Although one may think this is just another teen film, most of the audience – including myself who am in my 30’s – laughed throughout the entire film. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN opens in theatres November 18, 2016.
Growing up is the great equalizer. No matter your family situation, walk of life, or specific personal experience, anyone who has ever gone through adolescence understands the growing pains and awkwardness that go with the territory when it comes to navigating the transition to adulthood. The times change, the modes of communication evolve, but some things—like the first pangs of love or the sting of a friend’s betrayal— never change. Creating a film about growing up in our digital age took a writer who could poignantly capture the voice of this generation. From five-time Oscar® nominated and three-time Oscar® winning producer James L. Brooks (Spanglish, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment) and writer/first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a coming-of-age comedy with a refreshingly authentic voice.
Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together… until Nadine’s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) and Krista begin dating. With her view of the world rocked, Nadine is forced to see the people in her life – including her well-meaning but distracted mother (Kyra Sedgwick), and unlikely mentor and History teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson) – with fresh eyes and new appreciation that people—and life—are more complicated than she thought.