The Edge of Seventeen

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The Edge of Seventeen
A girl in a blue jacket, her hand held at her mouth, sitting at a table covered in books. Across from her an older man has his hands open as if trying to explain something.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKelly Fremon Craig
Produced by
Written byKelly Fremon Craig
Music byAtli Örvarsson
CinematographyDoug Emmett
Edited byTracey Wadmore-Smith
Distributed bySTX Entertainment
Release date
  • September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16) (TIFF)
  • November 18, 2016 (2016-11-18) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$9 million[2]
Box office$18.8 million[2]

The Edge of Seventeen is a 2016 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Haley Lu Richardson. Principal photography began on October 21, 2015, in Vancouver and ended on December 3, 2015.

The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 16, 2016,[3][4] and was theatrically released on November 18, 2016, by STXfilms.[5] It received positive reviews, with Steinfeld's performance being critically lauded, and grossed over $18 million.


In October 2015, Nadine Franklin (Hailee Steinfeld), a high school junior in the suburbs of Portland, confides to her school teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson) that she plans to commit suicide.

Nadine narrates her life so far: By age seven, differences between Nadine and her more popular older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) are already obvious. Nadine has a tempestuous relationship with her overly dramatic and image conscious mother Mona (Kyra Sedgwick) who seems to favor her brother, while Nadine's father, Tom (Eric Keenleyside) is the only immediate member she feels close to. At age 13, Nadine is buoyed by her relationships with her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) and her father. Nadine's father suffers a fatal heart attack while driving. As a result of her father's death, Nadine's life turns upside down. Up to the time Nadine is 17, Krista was the only "good part" of her life.

One night at home, Nadine and Krista get drunk, while Darian throws a pool party. Nadine falls asleep and wakes up to find Krista in bed with Darian who is naked. Krista tries to fix things, but Nadine is tormented about her best friend being with her brother. Krista and Darian think to break it off, but he ends up asking her to be his girlfriend. Nadine feels desperately alone and resorts to her classmate Erwin Kim (Hayden Szeto), who has a crush on her. She discovers that, although he is awkward, he has a great sense of humor and is kind. Nadine, however, is attracted to older student Nick Mossman (Alexander Calvert), whom she has only met once.

Later, Darian invites Krista to a house party, who insists Nadine join them. When they arrive, Krista is introduced to other students, who invite Krista and Darian to play beer pong, leaving Nadine on her own. After several failed attempts at talking to others at the party, Nadine goes outside and sits on a porch bench with another partygoer, who remarks how inferior Nadine seems compared to her popular, athletic brother. This conversation drives Nadine to leave the party without Krista or Darian. Nadine calls Erwin and asks him if he'd like to go with her to the amusement park. There he tries to kiss her but it turns into a comedy of awkwardness. At the end of the night Nadine tells him he's a great guy.

Krista confronts Nadine for ignoring her the night before, so Nadine makes her choose between herself and Darian. Krista does not want to choose, and Nadine angrily tells Krista their friendship is over.

At school, Mr. Bruner has become Nadine's go-to person for support. He lets her vent her anger at him, but afterwards, as a way to guilt her, reveals that she is his favorite student. Erwin and Nadine spend the evening in his heated swimming pool. Although Erwin is wealthy, his parents conduct business overseas for much of the year; he has become lonely. Nadine learns that he is an animation filmmaker and accepts his invitation to their school's short-film festival.

One morning as Mona drives Nadine to school they have a fight that results in Mona taking her to work with her. At the workplace, Nadine has an argument with her mother about her father. Nadine steals Mona's keys and drives away. In the heat of the moment, she writes a sexually explicit text to Nick but decides against sending it. Nonetheless, she accidentally hits "send" and is mortified.

The narration switches to when Nadine told Mr. Bruner that she is going to kill herself, and he tries to keep Nadine calm about the text she sent. She receives a text from Nick, asking her to hang out that evening, exciting Nadine. Mona calls Darian, confessing that Nadine is missing and that she has depended on her son as the father figure since Tom died. Darian leaves to find Nadine. During their date, Nick repeatedly attempts to have sex with Nadine in his car, having interpreted the text as a proposition, while she had been wanting a romantic date. Embarrassed and heartbroken, Nadine runs away and calls Mr. Bruner while waiting in a donut shop, who drives her to his house, where they wait with his wife and baby boy until Darian arrives. Darian confesses to Nadine that although his life seems perfect, he has been secretly suffering from the pressures of having to take care of the family ever since their father died. Darian confesses that he feels trapped and did not apply to colleges far away, and the only person who helps him smile is Krista. But that is a problem, too, since Nadine is upset that Krista is with him. Nadine confesses to her brother that she has been dealing with self-hatred, intensified by her envy of him. They hug and their feud ends.

Nadine readies herself for the school's film festival. Nadine walks downstairs on her way out and is welcomed by Darian and Krista. The two girls reconcile and agree to catch up later. Mona fears that Nadine has run away. Realizing that her mother is worried, Nadine texts her saying that she is safe. Mona decides to trust her word. Erwin's animated film is a story about a green alien boy who falls in love with a girl at high school, but is rejected by her. Realizing the metaphor, Nadine apologizes to Erwin for taking so long to accept his love. Erwin is congratulated by his colleagues. When he introduces Nadine to them, she greets them with a smile, finally opening up to others.



In 2011, screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig sent a copy of her screenplay, Besties, to producer James L. Brooks, hoping that Brooks would produce the film.[10] Craig recalled, "I had written a spec version of this film, and had been just an insane fan of Jim's for years and years. He was the crazy longshot I took in the beginning! And one I never thought would actually work. But I sent him the script and he ended up taking on the project."[11] The Edge of Seventeen is Craig's director debut.[10] She also produced the film.[8]

On August 4, 2015, Hailee Steinfeld was cast in the film to play the lead role, while Richard Sakai was also attached as a producer of the film.[6] On September 24, 2015, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick joined the film's cast, with Harrelson playing the role of a high school teacher and Sedgwick as the main character's mother.[9] On October 6, 2015, Blake Jenner was cast in the film as Nadine's older brother, a popular and handsome soccer player who begins dating Nadine's best friend Krista.[8] Hayden Szeto was cast in the film as Erwin Kim, Nadine's earnest classmate, who fumbles several attempts to win her affection through much of the story. Haley Lu Richardson joined the film to play the role of best friend Krista.[7]

Principal photography on the film began on October 21, 2015, in Hollywood North, then in Anaheim, California.[12][13] Filming also took place in the Metro Vancouver area, then at Guildford Park Secondary School and near Guildford Town Centre in Surrey, British Columbia. Port Moody was also shown, with the film festival taking place in City Hall.[14] Filming wrapped on December 3, 2015.[15]


The Edge of Seventeen, distributed by STX Entertainment, was originally scheduled to be released on September 30, 2016,[7] before being moved to November 18.[16] Stage 6 Films and Sony Pictures Releasing International handle some distribution rights to the film outside the United States.[17]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Universal Home Entertainment on February 14, 2017.


Box office[edit]

The Edge of Seventeen grossed $14.4 million in the United States and Canada and $4.4 million in other territories for a total of $18.8 million, against a production budget of $9 million.[2]

In North America, the film was released alongside the openings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Bleed for This, as well as the wide expansions of Moonlight and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and was initially expected to gross around $8 million from 1,900 theaters.[18] However, after grossing $1.8 million on its first day, weekend projections were lowered to $4–5 million; it ended up opening with $4.8 million, finishing number seven at the box office.[19]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 95% based on 196 reviews, with an average rating of 7.94/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Edge of Seventeen's sharp script – and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance – make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy."[20] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[22]


List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Refs
Austin Film Critics Association December 28, 2016 Best First Film The Edge of Seventeen Nominated [23][24]
Chicago Film Critics Association December 15, 2016 Most Promising Filmmaker Kelly Fremon Craig Nominated [25]
Critics' Choice Awards December 11, 2016 Best Young Performer Hailee Steinfeld Nominated [26]
Best Actress in a Comedy Nominated
Best Comedy Kelly Fremon Craig Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society December 19, 2016 Best Film The Edge of Seventeen Nominated [27]
Best Breakthrough Kelly Fremon Craig (director and screenwriter) Won
Directors Guild of America Awards February 4, 2017 Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film Kelly Fremon Craig Nominated [28]
Golden Globe Awards January 8, 2017 Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Hailee Steinfeld Nominated [29]
Golden Tomato Awards January 12, 2017 Best Comedy Movie 2016 The Edge of Seventeen 5th Place [30]
MTV Movie & TV Awards May 7, 2017 Movie of the Year Nominated [31]
Best Actor in a Movie Hailee Steinfeld Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle December 1, 2016 Best First Film Kelly Fremon Craig Won[a] [32]
Teen Choice Awards August 13, 2017 Choice Movie: Drama The Edge Of Seventeen Nominated [33]
Choice Movie Actress: Drama Hailee Steinfeld Nominated [33]
Toronto Film Critics Association December 11, 2016 Best First Feature The Edge of Seventeen Runner-up [34]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 5, 2016 Best Youth Performance Hailee Steinfeld Nominated [35]
Women Film Critics Circle December 19, 2016 Best Young Actress Won [36]


  1. ^ Tied with Trey Edward Shults for Krisha.


In May 2018, it was announced that YouTube Red began development for a spin-off web series based on the film that will be exclusive to their platform. Annabel Oakes is penning the pilot, while Fremon Craig will executive produce the series.[37]


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