Before I Fall (2017)

Before I Fall
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writer: Maria Maggenti
Based on: Lauren Oliver‘s novel
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, Erica Tremblay, Liv Hewson, Diego Boneta, Jennifer Beals, Nicholas Lea
Seen on: 22.6.2017
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Plot:
Sam (Zoey Deutch) is beautiful, a good student, she runs with the popular girls, Elody (Medalion Rahimi), Lindsay (Halston Sage) and Ally (Cynthy Wu), she has a boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley) and, as it turns out, she even has a secret admirer. Or not so secret, as Sam suspects her childhood friend Kent (Logan Miller). Things are awesome. At least for Sam. Not so much for Juliet (Elena Kampouris) who is humiliated at a part, as she’s humiliated every day at school. But after the party, Sam and her friends crash their car. And when Sam wakes up, it’s the morning of the day of the party, over and over again.

I like time travel stories, so I figured I’d give this film a shot even though I didn’t expect much from it. Before I Fall, then, was much stranger than I expected in many ways, but not necessarily in a good way. It’s entertaining, but it’s not a must see.

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Paper Towns (2015)

Paper Towns
Director: Jake Schreier
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on: John Green‘s novel
Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Jay Duplass, Ansel Elgort
Seen on: 6.8.2015

Plot:
Quentin (Nat Wolff) has been in love with Margo (Cara Delevingne) since she moved in across the street. They were friends for a while, but now nearing the end of high school, they both move in different circles now. Then one night, Margo climbs into Q’s bedroom and takes him and his car on a revenge trip against her ex-boyfriend. Q is exhilarated and has hopes for Margo again. But then she is gone, run away from home as she has several times before. But Q finds clues she’s left where she might have gone to and decides to go on a roadtrip with his best friends Radar (Justice Smith) and Ben (Austin Abrams) to find her.

If this wasn’t based on a book by John Green, I probably wouldn’t have seen it at all. But since it is, I had hopes that the wouldn’t play the manic pixie dream girl trope quite as straight as the trailer suggested. I was correct in thinking that, although they don’t manage a complete subversion of the trope. But at least it’s entertaining and sweet and it tries.

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