Written November 26, 2015
Now I was being told constantly to read the book before watching the movie, but due to a short-notice date I went to see it. My sister had told me that the book was amazing and that it was very touching. I'm not the biggest fan of chick-flicks, but it was what I expected. When the movie started I had fallen in-love with the soundtrack and it's particular tone. The mood of the movie stayed in place and at a certain point you will be feeling a certain touch by the movie that will be moving. Overall, the movie was great and as I read right now, it's pertaining to the book very well. Sometimes movies really don't pertain to the movie whatsoever, but this turns out to be completely different. This is a wonderful movie and I recommend it for those above 13 .
Written April 21, 2015
We were all awkward freshmen and cool seniors once upon a time. This movie nails the high school experience and will bring back some wonderfully painful memories. There's plenty of music, partying, first-time sex, and abuse in this movie. Go see it because you'll get to relive some of those experience while watching a terrifically crafted film.
Written December 19, 2012
An excellent movie with moving, nuanced performances by the lead actors. I found myself engaged and actually caring about what happens to the main characters. The film deftly handled the troubling issue of child abuse and the subsequent emotional scars left behind. Anyone who has ever felt that they didn't quite fit in will find some character to identify with.
Written November 04, 2012
I knew little about the movie and was definitely not the 'target audience' for the movie as I'm in my mid 40's but something compelled me to go see it anyway.... and am I GLAD I DID! What an amazing film. I can say nothing negative about it, it has absolutely everything going for it. The characters were so likeable, the storyline was very endearing and the acting/actors were INCREDIBLE. It is one of those movies that I will never forget. It is definitely on the top of the list of my favorites movies and I will be seeing it again as soon as it's available to purchase. I would say this is the definition of a 'MUST SEE' movie!!!
Written April 29, 2016
When the book first came out, it was well above the average YA fiction out there. It's become de rigeur for outsider, misfit kids to pick up a copy, and I know when the film finally began production, many were worried that it would be a disappointment.
Pleased to say that, on the whole, it hit all the right notes. The passion, intensity, self-deprecating humor, sadness--it's all there. There were a few minor plot changes from the novel, but the author was so involved in making this movie that there was no way he was going to abandon his own characters and the principles behind his work.
Casting was excellent. The 6 or 7 main teen characters were all very convincing...adults a little more clueless than necessary, but fit the story's purpose. Music was a little anachronistic--would the kids who were so into The Smiths really not recognize David Bowie? Could ANYONE get that excited about "Come on, Eileen"?
If you HAVEN'T read the book, but consider yourself sensitive, then go.