I saw The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld last night. I think it’s a superb coming-of-age film that doesn’t pander to the audience like most teen flicks.
It doesn’t have the snark and biting wit of Easy A nor the glossy tropes of Mean Girls. Both are great movies in any way you look at it, but it’s refreshing to see a movie that celebrates the rough and unrefined beauty of adolescent life that is portrayed by Steinfeld’s character (Nadine) in the film.
Her performance shapes the entire landscape of how the narrative plays out. Nadine is irrational, mean, and confrontational. But her attitude and behavior are merely shaped by her fears and insecurities. From her loss and grief, she confines herself inside the loneliness she has built.
Because that’s why being a teenager is all about. It’s a difficult stage in life because we don’t fucking know what to do. Stupid shit gets done, regrets keep piling up, and we look in the mirror without any idea who that person staring back at us really is. Because being a teen is all about self-absorption. Nothing matters except your feelings and thoughts.
Ultimately, teenage life is all about transitioning from a life outside your own. The world does not revolve around one person, and this becomes evident when Nadine faces this revelation at the end of the film. There is more to life than the shells we live in.
Breaking away from our shells are a painless experience, albeit a necessary one. The ruin that comes from ourselves lay the foundation to the endless possibilities that we can become.
How about you? Have you seen The Edge of Seventeen? What are your thoughts about it? Share them with me by commenting below!