Edge of Seventeen
Edge of Seventeen
R | 14 May 1998 (USA)
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From Toni Basil to the Eurythmics, from friendship bracelets to whip-it's, the summer of 1984 was about as 80s as the 80s ever got. Stuck right in the middle of it is Eric Hunter, heading towards his senior year, and passing the summer working at a local amusement park in the fast food restaurant. He is joined by his long time girl/friend Maggie, as they don their ugly brown polyester uniforms and face the world.


Too much of everything

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Simply Perfect

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Highly Overrated But Still Good

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It's an amazing and heartbreaking story.

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I saw this movie many moons ago, but have not been aware of this medium for commenting on it. I adore this movie, it was my life. Eric's discovery of his sexuality one summer while working at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio is almost exactly how I discovered mine. I thought as I watched it that someone had stolen my journal, wrote a script about it, and then silently returned it without my knowing. Eric's first love. His making friends at a bar he was not old enough to be in. His developing style, in the way many of us did in the 80's, bad hair and worse clothes, but great music.I could relate to this movie on so many levels. I think that any gay man that found himself in the 80's should watch this film and see where they fit into it. If this movie doesn't remind you of yourself, it is sure to remind you of someone you know.Loved it!

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Edge of Seventeen is a brilliant film for so many reasons. The writing, directing and acting are all spot on. God knows how much effort it must have taken to put a jewel like this together. This was clearly a labour of love. A mega budget could never have produced integrity like this.For those of you panning the soundtrack, fuggedaboutit. I was 20 in 1980 and I know New Wave like the back of my hand. I witnessed it being born. It was absolutely huge here in Toronto. Whoever selected the music for this film deserves an award. They knew what they were doing.The detail with regard to 80s paraphernalia and "style" is unbelievable. The level of accuracy with which this movie presents the 80s is akin to what one might see in a Merchant-Ivory costume drama. Every minute detail is correct. The movie even "feels" right.Edge of Seventeen has "bona fide" written all over it. Major kudos to the writer and director. You've nailed the 80s like no one ever has. This could be a gay companion piece to The Breakfast Club, except it's deeper and more honest.There is a reason why Edge of Seventeen is such a cult film: it has penetrated the soul of the times. Stafford's confusion, angst, vulnerability, denial, and acceptance all ring true. The main actors are fleshed out and "real".What an intelligent, thoughtful, sincere film. Those of us who appreciate what is being represented through this movie can only regard it as brilliant! This is what the art of movie making is all about. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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The movie was well written, well acted, and well directed. I was struck by how believable the story was and the honesty with which it portrayed the struggles of coming out, not only for the gay individual, but also for the other people whose lives are touched. Chris Stafford, Lea Delaria, Tina Holmes, and Stephanie McVay delivered amazing performances. Worth seeing more than once!

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Believable, tender gay coming of age story. The characters were almost painfully believable--it was like reliving my early college days. Great club soundtrack as well: Eurythmics, Bronski Beat, ABC, etc. The one other comment at my time of writing refers to the characters as stereotyped, but I don't see them that way. I knew people just like them.

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