Every Day (2018 film)

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Every Day
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Sucsy
Produced by
Screenplay by Jesse Andrews
Based on Every Day
by David Levithan
Starring
Music by Elliott Wheeler
Cinematography Rogier Stoffers
Edited by Kathryn Himoff
Production
company
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date
  • February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4.9 million[2]
Box office $9.5 million[3]

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.[4] The film was released on February 23, 2018.

Plot[edit]

"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.

Cast[edit]

* All actors also portray the entity "A"

With[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

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.[5]

In July 2017, the rest of the main cast was announced,[4] as the film began production in Toronto, Ontario Canada.[6] Later, Owen Teague joined the cast.[7] The film was shot in Toronto, from July 6, 2017 until August 12, 2017.[6]

Release[edit]

It was previously announced that the film would be released on February 2, 2018, with Orion Pictures distributing in wide release for MGM.[8] The release date was pushed back to April 27, 2018,[9] before finally settling on February 23, 2018.[10] The studio spent around $10 million for promotion.[11]

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.[1]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

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.[12] It earned $3.1 million over the weekend, finishing 9th at the box office.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[13] 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".[14] 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."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "EVERY DAY (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Every Day (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Every Day (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (7 July 2017). "Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jacob Batalon & More Join 'Every Day' From MGM". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (14 June 2017). "MGM Acquires 'Every Day;' Michael Sucsy Directs, Angourie Rice Stars In YA Adaptation'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "OMDC MEDIA LIST – June 23, 2017" (PDF). Ontario Media Development Corporation. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  7. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (25 July 2017). "'Bloodline' Actor Owen Teague Joins YA Romance 'Every Day'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  8. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (6 September 2017). "MGM to Relaunch Orion Pictures, Sets February Release for Maria Bello's 'Every Day'". TheWrap. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  9. ^ Busch, Anita (31 October 2017). "MGM Ramps Up Theatrical Distribution & Pacts With Annapurna; Easy Set Up To Roll Out Next Bond Film". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  10. ^ Romano, Nick (6 December 2017). "Exclusive: Angourie Rice sees 'Every Day' through new eyes in first-look photos". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 25, 2018). "'Black Panther' Breaks More Records: $108M Second Weekend Is Second-Best Ever As Marvel Movie Heads For $400M". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 21, 2018). "'Black Panther' Posts Record $21M Pre-Summer Tuesday; Second Weekend To Reap $104M-$109M". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Every Day (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "Every Day Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 2, 2018.

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