The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Can't Hardly Wait — these are all coming-of-age flicks that stick with viewers long after they've left adolescence in the dust, and it looks like Hailee Steinfeld's new movie is about to join the Teen Epic Hall of Fame thanks to a super successful premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Edge of Seventeen screened at TIFF on September 16, and Twitter was abuzz with comparisons to a bunch of adored rom-coms and cult classics shortly afterwards. Steinfeld plays Nadine, a teenager whose life feels pretty much over once her best friend starts dating her big brother and everything is a big, awkward mess. The trailer alone promises plenty of relatable moments: like the perils of sexting, pimples, loneliness, and everything else you vent about by the lockers in between classes.
Audiences at TIFF agreed, and walked out of the theater putting Nadine on the same pedestal as the lead characters in a bunch of cult classics. The Edge of Seventeen is up there with Say Anything, the 1989 rom-com that gave us the immortal scene of John Cusack hoisting a boombox above his head and blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" for his gal:
Nadine and Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You are soul sisters in teenage angst, too:
It not only brings out some melancholy vibes akin to those of Palo Alto, the cinematic adaptation of a collection of James Franco's short stories, but features someone from one of the best teen drama series out there, Dawson's Creek:
Speaking of teen dramas: Nadine and Angela Chase? Totally cut from the same flannel cloth.
The highest compliment you can give to a movie about teen love is that it's "Hughes-ian" — and that has nothing to do with this writer's bias, duh.
Basically, all of Toronto feels like this now:
The Edge of Seventeen hits theaters November 18. And be sure to check out our Instagram as Hailee herself will be taking over our Instagram stories on September 17.