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Home Video: 'The Edge of Seventeen'


The Edge of Seventeen (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD) is an excellent movie with a profoundly misleading title, having nothing to do with the Stevie Nicks song. The movie features no women in their early thirties who find themselves frustrated and decide to date younger men.


Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's coming-of-age movie follows Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) as she navigates a high-school life crisis caused when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Her mom (Kyra Sedgwick) is raising the family alone after her father's death and Nadine is creating more issues for herself by crushing on the wrong guy.

Woody Harrelson plays the history teacher who Nadine chooses as a confidant. He gamely allows her to repeatedly interrupt his enjoyment of Philip Kerr's WWII detective novel Field Grey as she screams, whines and mopes about her problems.

The Edge of Seventeen is obviously inspired by high-school movie classics like Pretty in Pink, Mean Girls and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and it manages to earn mention in the same breath with those movies. Hailee Steinfeld is hilarious. Blake Jenner's getting a bit too old to play the high school kid, but otherwise the movie hits all its marks.

The Blu-ray and DVD come with a Gag Reel worthing watching and deleted scenes.


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