Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'The Edge of Seventeen' Revisits the Awkwardness of High School

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'The Edge of Seventeen' Revisits the Awkwardness of High School

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In an early scene in "The Edge of Seventeen," high schooler Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) wonders why Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), her best and only friend, wants to be around her. Nadine doesn't like herself; why would Krista?

That self-doubt, that looming feeling that becomes so amplified in high school, is perfectly captured in Kelly Fremon Craig's directorial debut.

For as long as she can remember, Nadine has struggled to make friends and fit in at school. All the more frustrating, her athletic, charming brother, Darian (Blake Jenner), is one of the popular kids. So when Krista falls for Darian, Nadine feels betrayed and alone. (Although Krista is so bland, Nadine may be better off without her.)

Nadine's harried mother (Kyra Sedgwick) doesn't know how to help her daughter. But Nadine can still vent to her jaded teacher Mr. …

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