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The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen
The Edge of Seventeen
The Edge of Seventeen
  • R
  • 1h 44m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh94%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
In the vein of classic coming-of-age films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, The Edge of Seventeen is a poignant and hilarious look at what it's like to be a teenager today. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2), who is already at peak awkwardness when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson, Ravenswood) begins dating her all-star brother Darian (Blake Jenner, Glee). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. With the help of her reluctant sounding-board (Woody Harrelson, True Detective), she soon discovers that what feels like the end of the world may just be the beginning of growing up. Also starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), see the movie critics are calling "an instant high school movie classic" (Dave Ehrlich, IndieWire).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: The Edge of Seventeen's sharp script -- and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance -- make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Excellent acting in poignant, mature coming-of-age story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Edge of Seventeen is a high school dramedy about an awkward teen (Hailee Steinfeld). The swearing, sexuality, and themes make it appropriate for mature high schoolers and up. Frequently used language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "d--khead," and more, and the sexual content includes a social media message that lists out graphic things the main character would like to do with -- and to -- her crush. There are also a couple of scenes of teens making out and in bed. One scene briefly appears to border on nonconsensual sex; a girl asks whether a guy wants to have sex, then says she was kidding when he takes her seriously. Teens drink alcohol at parties and at home (no adults are present), sometimes to the point of throwing up. The main character lost her father four years before the movie's events take place. Despite the strong language and underage substance use, the movie actually encourages communication and could open the door for thought-provoking discussions between parents and teens.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:November 18, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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