Every Day (2018 film)
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|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||$9.6 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" (as 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 father'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 does not 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.
Waking up in another body the next day, "A" (as Nathan) attends a party that Rhiannon also attends. Connecting with her through dance, "A" and Rhiannon bond with "A" telling Rhiannon that she deserves better than Justin, before "A" 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 disdainful 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 teen Vic – convinces Rhiannon to give "A" a chance, despite the fact that "A" shifts form every day, explaining to her that it is the soul that counts, not the body. After giving it some thought, Rhiannon agrees to continue meeting "A".
One day, "A" is surprised to awaken 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 look 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 next day, Rhiannon breaks up with Justin, having finally found the courage to do so. 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 is their obligation to leave one's memory unchanged. At the end of the day, "A" kisses Rhiannon goodbye and promises to come back the next day, but they do not, forcing Rhiannon to call her mother to pick her up. Later, "A" explains that the body "A" was in was under lung transplant. Rhiannon and "A" gradually become intimate and promise each other that they will figure out how to maintain their relationship
Waking up in the body of the suicidal 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 father returns from a job, so he can be alerted to Kelsea's struggles. When "A" is successful, Rhiannon soon convinces them to stay in the body of her classmate, Alexander, 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 them. 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 another body and drives away to New York, while Rhiannon meets 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 above actors portray characters who are at one point inhabited by 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, 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.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 62% based on 58 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".
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