John Hughes

Hailee Steinfeld stars in the winning coming-of-age dramedy 'The Edge of Seventeen'

Hailee Steinfeld stars in the winning coming-of-age dramedy 'The Edge of Seventeen'

If I see another movie that starts near the end of the story and then flashes back to the very beginning, I may have to kill myself. Curiously enough, that’s exactly what an unhappy teenage misfit named Nadine threatens to do in the opening scenes of “The Edge of Seventeen.”

Crying out for help in a genuinely tragic blue jacket, she unleashes an angst-ridden monologue about the transcendent awfulness of her life, shortly before hitting the rewind button and filling us in on how she got to this very dark (and very funny) place.

Happily, by the time you’ve witnessed that chain of events firsthand, you’ll likely have been thoroughly won over by...

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