Academy Award nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Woody Harrelson (“The People vs. Larry Flynt”) star in this hilarious, poignant coming-of-age tale about a witty but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend.
A look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian starts dating her best friend Krista. All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.
Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s debut is a rollicking tour of 21st-century teen angst. Nadine can be crazily solipsistic, but over the course of her misadventures she learns to exercise empathy for others, even Darian. Woody Harrelson gives a beautifully considered performance peppered with small surprises, while Steinfeld exudes comic chops, embracing every facet of this wondrously complicated heroine — and taking her to the very edge. – Toronto film festival
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