Every Day (2018 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Sucsy|
|Screenplay by||Jesse Andrews|
|Based on||Every Day|
by David Levithan
|Music by||Elliott Wheeler|
|Edited by||Kathryn Himoff|
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Box office||$10.4 million|
Every Day is a 2018 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Michael Sucsy and written by Jesse Andrews, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by David Levithan. The film stars Angourie Rice as 16-year-old Rhiannon, who falls in love with a traveling soul who wakes each morning in a different body; Justice Smith, Debby Ryan and Maria Bello also star. The film was released on February 23, 2018.
"A" is a traveling spirit who experiences every day in the body of a different teenager. A wakes up in the body of Justin, the neglectful boyfriend of Rhiannon. At school, Rhiannon approaches A as Justin, convincing A to skip school with her. As the day goes on, A falls in love with Rhiannon, as she confides her troubled home life following her father's mental breakdown, almost resulting in her family losing their home. Rhiannon feels a rekindled love for Justin, seemingly a more thoughtful and caring person. The next day, Rhiannon finds Justin has reverted to his old, careless self and does not remember the previous day. Meanwhile, A wakes up in the body of Amy and masquerades as an exchange student to be close to Rhiannon.
Waking up as Nathan, A attends a party and finds Rhiannon. Dancing together, A and Rhiannon bond, and A tells Rhiannon she deserves better than Justin before Justin chases A off. A few days later, A texts Rhiannon to meet, and she does, assuming she is meeting Nathan. A arrives as Megan, explaining that A was Justin, Amy, and Nathan, and has fallen in love with her. Initially disdainful, Rhiannon agrees to meet with A the next day. Now in the body of James, A reveals that A has shifted bodies every day since infancy and shares the private Instagram account with pictures taken in every body, through which Rhiannon can communicate with A. Meeting with Nathan, who believes he was possessed by the devil, Rhiannon realizes A is real. A, in the body of transgender teen Vic, convinces Rhiannon to give A a chance, suggesting that it is the soul that matters, not the body. After some thought, Rhiannon agrees to continue meeting A.
Surprised to awaken in the body of Rhiannon herself, A sees it as an opportunity to get to know Rhiannon better. A promises to be respectful of Rhiannon's privacy and her life, not breaking up with Justin or looking at Rhiannon's naked body. Over the course of the day, A bonds with Rhiannon's mother, as well as her sister and father. The following day, having finally found the courage, Rhiannon breaks up with Justin. She immediately calls A for a weekend trip at her uncle's cabin. A, in the body of Xavier, talks about the day spent in Rhiannon's body. Rhiannon tells A that leaving a mark could be a wonderful thing so people will know A exists, but A feels obligated to leave people's memories unchanged. At the end of the day, A kisses Rhiannon goodbye and promises to return the next day but does not, forcing Rhiannon to call her mother to pick her up. A later explains that day's body was undergoing a lung transplant. Rhiannon and A gradually become intimate and promise they will figure out how to maintain their relationship.
A wakes in the body of the suicidal Kelsea, and Rhiannon convinces A to attempt to hold onto Kelsea's body for more than twenty-four hours, to keep her alive until Kelsea's father can be alerted to her struggles. A is successful, and Rhiannon convinces A to stay in the body of her classmate, Alexander, so they can remain together. Though this seems to work for a short time, A is unwilling to take over somebody else's life permanently. Inviting Rhiannon to Alexander's house, A declares that they cannot realistically be together forever, and that Alexander himself is perfect for Rhiannon. Sharing one last night together, Rhiannon and A kiss goodbye, and wait for A to fall asleep. The next day, A awakens in another body and drives to New York while Rhiannon meets Alexander at school.
- Angourie Rice as Rhiannon
- Maria Bello as Lindsey, Rhiannon's mother
- Michael Cram as Nick, Rhiannon's father
- Debby Ryan as Jolene, Rhiannon's sister
- Amanda Arcuri as Rebecca, Rhiannon's best friend
- Charles Vandervaart as Steve
- Rohan Mead as Kev
* All following actors portray characters who are at one point inhabited by the entity "A"
- Justice Smith as Justin
- Jeni Ross as Amy
- Lucas Jade Zumann as Nathan
- Rory McDonald as David
- Katie Douglas as Megan
- Jacob Batalon as James
- Ian Alexander as Vic
- Sean Jones as George
- Colin Ford as Xavier
- Jake Sim as Michael
- Nicole Law as Kelsea
- Karena Evans as Hannah
- Owen Teague as Alexander
- Hannah Richardson as Katie
In June 2017, it was announced that MGM had acquired film rights for the novel Every Day, with Angourie Rice attached to star as Rhiannon, from a screenplay by Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Michael Sucsy directing.
In July 2017, the rest of the main cast was announced, as the film began production in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Later, Owen Teague joined the cast. The film was shot in Toronto from July 6, 2017 until August 12, 2017.
Orion Pictures distributed in wide release for MGM. The film was initially scheduled for release on February 2, 2018, but was pushed back to April 27, 2018, and then moved up to the final date of February 23, 2018. The studio spent around $10 million for promotion.
In the United Kingdom, the British Board of Film Classification issued the film a 12A certificate but removed four seconds in order to achieve the classification. The trimmed material involved images of suicide methods.
In the United States and Canada, Every Day was released alongside Game Night and Annihilation, and was projected to gross $2–4 million from 1,667 theaters in its opening weekend. It earned $3.1 million over the weekend, finishing 9th at the box office.
As of June 2020[update], the film holds a 64% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 61 reviews with an average rating of 5.74/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Every Day wastes its metaphysical premise on shallow storytelling, though its diverse young cast adds flavor to an otherwise bland teen-romance." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave the film a 64% overall positive score and a 39% "definite recommend".
Film critic Peter Bradshaw created a new Special Braddie Award for "Every Day" calling it "the quirky film overlooked by the complacent MSM gatekeeper-establishment which might be a future cult classic."
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