Reviewed bytabunoVote: 9/10/10
Sometimes it takes awhile for comedy classic theme to become aninspiration for a takeoff that has as much potency and emotional appealas the original. So is the case with Before I Fall using Bill Murray'scomedy classic Groundhog Day (1993) repetition of "the same day." Toooften movies rip off the plot of a great movie with cheaper variationsof the same theme without much originality. I can't even remember mostof "the same day" movies. What makes Before I Fall so special is thatit takes "the same day" and makes it its own, just like the poster inthe movie which tells us to be true to ourselves in living life. Somuch crap happens when we don't.
The plot of this movie is such that its really difficult to describewithout giving away the major twist. Except hopefully one can infer theoverall plot by indirectly mentioning another movie that hopefully fewhave seen and may want to see both simultaneously if that werepossible. But another potent and emotionally compelling movie with aresonating theme is Jennifer Love Hewitt's If Only (2004).
For an alternative relief one might also watch afterwards the comedyromance My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010) or Brad Pitt's character inMeet Joe Black (1998), or the delightful live-action/animation Run,Lola Run (1998), or the parallel plots in Sliding Doors (1998).
What's valuable about this movie is its coming of age story that offersus the important lesson about how we effect others and the value ofliving life to the fullest.
Reviewed byHellmantVote: 9/10/10
'BEFORE I FALL': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A mystery-drama based on the popular 2010 YA novel, of the same name,by Lauren Oliver. It tells the story of a high school senior thatdiscovers she's reliving the last day of her life, over and over again,apparently until she can figure out what she needs to do to make thingsright (in her life, and those of the people around her). The film starsZoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Madalion Rahimi, Cynthy Wu, Logan Miller andJennifer Beals. It was directed by Ry Russo-Young and it was scriptedby Maria Maggenti. The film has received mostly positive reviews, fromcritics and fans alike, but it's underperformed at the Box Office (sofar). I hope it becomes a cult classic.
Samantha Kingston (Deutch) is a popular high school senior, that'splanning to lose her virginity on the night of Cupid's Day. She dies ina car accident instead, with her other popular friends. The next dayshe wakes up to find out she's reliving the same exact day, and thenthe next several days she keeps waking up to find out the same exactthing. Samantha slowly realizes that she needs to set things right, inher life and with those of her friends, in order to hopefully changethings finally.
The movie is surprisingly insightful; in dealing with high school life,and the dynamics of being popular verses being an unloved outcast. It'ssomething the very flawed main character has to learn, and betterherself by learning, in order to finally set things right (for her andeveryone around her). That's why I love this movie; it has a verypowerful, and quite moving, message about how we treat others (and howwe should treat them). It's also really well acted, directed andwritten. I can definitely see it becoming a cult classic, if enoughpeople see it. Kind of like 'HEATHERS', or other dark teendrama/thrillers like that. It's that good!
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Reviewed byReganRebeccaVote: 7/10/10
I'm pretty much sick of teen movies and I'm pretty sick of repeatingmovies too but I gave this one a shot and I'm not sorry I did.
Before I Fall is about Sam Kingston (a lovely Zoey Deutch), astereotypical popular and pretty mean girl who is part of a popularmean girl crew. On cupid day (a day where the students at high schoolsend each other flowers) Sam plans to lose her virginity to herlongterm boyfriend Rob. Only at a party he gets drunk and makes outwith another girl. Also crashing the party is Juliet, a former friendof Sam's who accuses her and her friends of being pathetic and bitchescausing them to retaliate and throw drinks at her. Later that night asthey are heading home the car Sam is in crashes but instead of endingup in the hospital... time loops and Sam wakes up on cupid day again.From here on she must figure out why time keeps looping for her and howshe can stop it.
Not the most original of plot lines and some of the writing is reallybad and cliché. However Before I Fall is surprisingly watchable andthat's down to the actors who are really great. Deutch in particularmakes a really strong compelling lead. She gives the film her all sothat even though a lot of the revelations and dialogue are trite in herhands it feels very real and warm. The film is also very beautiful,director Ry Russo-Young makes it very beautiful and compelling towatch.
Not a revolutionary addition to the day-that-keeps-repeating genre, buta decent film nevertheless.
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her - before she runs out of time for good.