The Edge of Seventeen, which was the closing film at the Toronto International Film Festival, has gotten some extremely favourable reviews since it was screened. It stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, and Kyra Sedgwick. Steinfeld is so perfect in the role that, according to Deadline Hollywood, “You can add her name to the increasingly long list of Best Actress contenders this year from Golden Globes to Oscars.”
The film takes one huge, daring risk: The main character is a teenage girl, and yet the story is set in a high school, instead of in a post-apocalyptic dystopia!
How can that possibly work? Has it ever been tried before? Will audiences walk out en masse, or can they somehow get past the disappointment of seeing a movie in which the young heroine doesn’t have to deal with zombies, vampires, mass slaughter, or evil dictators?