“The Edge of Seventeen”

A Look at the Movies

4 stars

Rated R

1 hour 55 Minutes

Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’ve been waiting as long as I have for the most wonderful coming of age comedy in ages, you’ll be as thrilled as I am with “The Edge of Seventeen”.

Hailee Steinfeld gives the performance of her life as the eccentric, screwball teenager living on the edge of a chaotic life that’s filled with high drama.

Confiding only in her compassionate teacher, Woody Harrelson. Steinfeld struggles through an emotional minefield for all she’s worth trying to get a grip on her feelings. Hailee takes sibling rivalry and petty jealousy with her older brother to a whole new level.

In spite of the excesses pf her behavior, Steinfeld’s Nadine is a warm, sometimes delightfully charming character. Her relationship with a timid, Korean-American classmate  can’t help bring back amusing memories of first love.

In other words, stop everything you’re doing and get over to see this deeply touching and often hilarious trip back in time, when we all were coming of age.

“The Edge of Seventeen”  has all the earmarks of a classic that deserves no less than 4 stars and that doesn’t even begin to describe Hailee Steinfeld’s phenomenal performance.