If I Stay
Rotten Watch Prediction
Man, I’ll tell you - if recent young adult movie adaptations are to be believed, then being a teenager these days is super tough. Fighting cancer. Taking the weight of society on your shoulders. Losing all of your loved ones. Yeesh. No wonder teens have so much freaking angst. Wouldn’t you? It’s a brutal young person world out there.

See a little of what I’m talking about in the trailer for If I Stay,

There’s probably a really great movie somewhere in this thing, I just kind of doubt this film pulls it off. The subject matter is super heavy - young and in love teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) on her way to a bright cello career loses her whole family in a car accident. She is left in a coma and the movie plays out in her out of body experience. But it looks overly dramatic and squishy, most likely too reliant on extracting every little bit of emotion and gravity (with a cool soundtrack of course) on its way to making Moretz decide if she should live or die. Again, it seems like it could be interesting, but I don’t see it being universally accepted as a quality film.

The story is based on the book of the same title by Gayle Forman. Director R.J. Cutler has made a name for himself in the industry with documentary-style work both on the big screen and in television shows. He’s put together a solid resume when the subjects are "real". I don’t know if it’s going to translate completely here in the adaptation. When you try too hard to be dramatic, it can fall flat. I’m struggling to see how it all comes together with Moretz’s possibly overlong out of body experience and the source material. It won’t finish in the basement, but I don’t predict critics will be kind.

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