Sharply written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig pens the life of a self pity and anti-socially depressed teenager: Nadine. The coming-of-age story brings ranges of drama and comedy with a stunning cast. The message is simple and clear: it is time to grow up and move on.
Although the main heroine is Nadine, the film also explores the after math of her father’s death and how his death changed their paths. What happened after his death? Nadine only had one friend, Krista. She didn’t grow up, somehow she remained 13 years-old and awkward. Her mother had failed attempts of forming a new relationships while her brother, Darien grew up perfect. As for her only friend, Krista was her confident and a sister. Then, in an unconventional matter, Nadine had to move on. Her best friend starts a relationship with her brother. This change was too much for her. Still, her immaturity almost blinded her from other opportunities. Against her will and making mistakes along her way, Nadine fully moves on with the help of her teacher, her crush and her friend, Erwin.
Overall, this film is smart and Steinfeld nails it as Nadine showing a range of irrationality, irresponsibly, sadness and then closure. Nadine’s low self-esteem almost prevented her to understand the pressure her brother had as becoming his mother’s right hand and having Krista as his girlfriend was that sense of peace he needed. What I liked about this film in particular is that Nadine was a likable a$&@$! and she was selfish too. Her character was not the role model, but the authors goal is met because her protagonist is able to breakaway from her self destruction….A future of loneliness when she finally opens up to others.
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