FILM REVIEWS;

EDGE OF EVERYTHING (USA 2023) ***
Directed by Sophia Sabella and Pablo Friedman

EDGE OF EVERYTHING boasts a raw coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old teen, Abby who is rebellious as hell and who does not care who she hurts as long as she gets what she wants.    Her words turn upside down when she straddles the line between childhood and adulthood when she is forced to move in with her father and his younger girlfriend after her mother's death.

Abby (Sierra McCormick) is a young girl who is on the cusp on turning 15.  Her life is thrown out of balance with the untimely passing of her mother, as shown at the start of the film.  Abby is shown putting down her mother’s friends at the funeral, unsympathetic, which prompts the audience to feel the same way about her as the protagonist,  She stays with her estranged father, David (Jason Butler Harner) and his girlfriend, Leslie (Sabina Friedman-Seitz) much to her dismay.  Her father and girlfriend try their utmost best to gain her acceptance, but Abby blames her dad for not being there for her, 

As the film progresses, Abby is seen hanging out with friends who are decent, and not as rebellious as her.  The story takes a turn when Abby meets a drunk Caroline (Ryan Simpkins) at a bar who she takes after.  Caroline does not give a f*** at anything, which is the reason Abby is attracted to her.  Her world slowly downwards spiral as she lives at the edge of everything,  Abby’s dad confronts her after his girlfriend, Leslie finds weed in Abby’s bag which causes Abby to hate the girlfriend even more.  When Abby tries coke to be cool, the audience loses all sympathy for her,

EDGE OF EVERYTHING is a difficult film to watch because directors Sophia Sabella and Pablo Friedman does not compromise Abby’s personality.  This is the director’s debut writing and directing feature and they have a bit to learn about making their film likable while tackling a tough film on a tough subject.  To the actress’ credits, McCormick and Simpkins both deliver credible and impressive performances.   When Abby finally tells Caroline off that all she does is care for herself and nobody else, which is true, Caroline runs away saying that Abby is her new best friend, which is also true.

The coming-of-age experiences include drug taking, flirting, and sex with boys and learning to choose true friends.  The females are shown in a better light than the males in the film.  All the boys that Abby, Caroline and her friends encounter are mostly idiots and care for nothing except drugs and making out.  Abby's father ends up saying the wrong things most of the time leading to his girlfriend, shown as a sort of ‘Mother Teresa’ walking out on him at one point.

My best coming-of-age films are Ken Loach’s KES set in Northern England and Francois Truffaut’s LES QUARTE CENTS COUPS (400 BLOWS) about a young lad in a French seaside town.  EDGE OF EVERYTHING also lacks to show how the film’s setting affects Abby in her behaviour.

The film opens via VOD & Leading digital platforms on June 7th, 2024.

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