Every Day (2018 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Sucsy|
|Screenplay by||Jesse Andrews|
by David Levithan
|Music by||Elliott Wheeler|
|Edited by||Kathryn Himoff|
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Box office||$9.5 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.
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"A" is a traveling spirit who wakes up in the body of a different male or female teenager, every day. One day, "A" wakes up in the body of Justin, the neglectful boyfriend of Rhiannon. At school, Rhiannon approaches "A", in the form of Justin, and she convinces "A" to skip school with her. As the day goes on, "A" falls in love with Rhiannon, as she confides to Justin her troubled home life, following her dad’s mental breakdown that almost resulted in her family losing their home. Rhiannon, in return, feels a rekindled love for Justin, seeing as he has seemingly changed into a more thoughtful and caring person than he was before. The next day, Rhiannon finds that Justin has reverted to his old, careless self, and doesn't even remember the day before. Meanwhile, waking up in the body of Amy, "A" masquerades as an exchange student in order to be close with Rhiannon.
"A" wakes up in the body of devout Christian Nathan, and attends a party "A" is aware Rhiannon will also be attending. Connecting with her through dance, "A" and Rhiannon bond as Nathan tells Rhiannon that she deserves better than Justin, before "A", as Nathan, is chased off by Justin. A few days later, "A" texts Rhiannon, asking that she meet "A" alone, and she does, under the assumption that she is meeting Nathan. However, "A" shows up as Megan, disclosing to Rhiannon that "A" was Justin and Amy and Nathan and that "A" is falling in love with her. Although disdained at first, Rhiannon agrees to meet with "A" the next day, with "A" now in the body of James. "A" tells Rhiannon that "A" has been shifting bodies every day since "A" was a baby. "A" discloses that "A" keeps a private Instagram account with pictures taken every day in every body "A" is in, and that Rhiannon can communicate with "A" through that account. Meeting with Nathan, who believes he was possessed by the devil, Rhiannon realizes that "A" is real. The next day, "A", in the body of transgender Vic, convinces Rhiannon to give "A" a chance, despite the fact that "A" shifts forms every day, explaining to her that it is the soul that counts, not the body. After giving some thoughts, Rhiannon decides to see "A" again when she receives a message to meet up in a library. "A", in the body of home-schooled boy George, talks about growing up to the realization that they are different from everyone else. While trying to help George completing his homework, Rhiannon and "A" shares an intimate moment before getting cut off by the arrival of George's mother. Rhiannon then runs away gleefully, and texts "A" greetings before she goes to sleep.
The next morning, "A" is surprised to have awakened in the body of Rhiannon herself, and sees it as an opportunity to get to know Rhiannon better. "A" promises to be respectful of Rhiannon's privacy and her life; not taking the opportunity to break up with Justin or catch a peek at Rhiannon's naked body. Over the course of the day, "A" bonds with Rhiannon’s mom as well as her sister and father. The next day, Rhiannon breaks up with Justin, having finally found the courage to do so. Then, she immediately calls "A" for a weekend getaway trip at her uncle's cabin. "A", in the body of handsome Xavier, talks about the day "A" was in Rhiannon's body. Rhiannon tells "A" that leaving a mark can be a wonderful thing so that people will know "A" exists, but "A" feels that it's his obligation to leave one's memory unchanged. At the end of the day, "A" kisses Rhiannon goodbye and promises to come back tomorrow. The next day, Rhiannon waits for "A", but "A" never shows up. Rhiannon, deeply disappointed, can't stop wondering where "A" went. "A" wakes up in the body of Michael, who is supposed to fly to Honolulu with his family. "A" calls Rhiannon urgently to meet up at a nearby mall, narrowly escaping from Michael's mom. Back to Rhiannon's house, Rhiannon lashes out at "A" for not showing up, while "A" explains that the body they were in was under lung transplant. Rhiannon and "A" get intimate later and promise each other that they will figure it out on how to keep this relationship.
Waking up in the body of the suicidal and depressed Kelsea, Rhiannon convinces "A" to attempt to hold onto Kelsea’s body for more than twenty-four hours, in order to keep Kelsea alive until Kelsea’s doctor father returns from the hospital, so he can be alerted of Kelsea’s illness. When "A" is successful, Rhiannon soon convinces them, in the body of the next host and a schoolmate of Rhiannon's; Alexander, to stay in Alexander’s body, so they can be together whenever. For a short time, this seems to work, but soon, "A" realizes that they cannot just take somebody else’s life away from him/her. Inviting Rhiannon over to Alexander’s house, "A", tells Rhiannon 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 lie down to wait for "A" to fall asleep. The next day, "A" awakens in the body of Katie and drives away to New York, while Rhiannon meets up with Alexander at school and they walk away together.
- Angourie Rice as Rhiannon
- 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
* All actors also portray the entity "A"
- 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
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, with 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.
It was previously announced that the film would be released on February 2, 2018, with Orion Pictures distributing in wide release for MGM. The release date was pushed back to April 27, 2018, before finally settling on 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.
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 63% based on 48 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. 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, which assigns a normalized rating, 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."
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