Cloë Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mirella Enos, Joshua Leonard, Stacey Keach
If I Stay is existential treacle aimed at 14-year-olds. In that sense, it’s a solid, average film. When compared to other films that dare to try something new, If I Stay is rudimentary and manipulative.
It’s perfectly fine to get emotionally wrapped up in such stuff, to smile at the many cute lines (mostly from Gayle Foreman’s best-selling book) and to sniffle at the melodrama. That’s the greatness of film, how it can make us feel.
However, I keep thinking that there are so many more chances this movie could’ve taken, so many exciting options left for dead.
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