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If I Stay

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If I Stay
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2014-08-22 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 106 min.
  • Director: R.J. Cutler
  • Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Jamie Blackley, Aliyah O'Brien, Joshua Leonard
  • Producers: Alison Greenspan, Denise DiNovi, Gayle Forman, Brad Van Arragon
  • Writer: Shauna Cross
  • Distributor: ARRAY(0x2ffc1d8)
  • Official Site: If I Stay Official Site

Given the dearth of dramas about real-life grown-up problems, especially in summertime, movies adapted from young-adult novels are about the best we can hope for. Even when they're not great, they fill a need, for teenagers and grown-ups alike. If you're in the mood for a story about humans who are a little less expendable, you could do worse than spend an air-conditioned afternoon watching If I Stay. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Mia, a teenage rebel, though not the sort you'd expect: She's a disciplined cellist with dreams of attending Juilliard.

The cutest and coolest guy in her school, an aspiring rock guitarist named Adam (Jamie Blackley), spies her practicing alone in a classroom one day, and zing go the strings of his heart. They begin dating, but tragedy strikes: Mia and her family suffer a serious car accident, one that puts Mia in a coma. While flesh-and-blood Mia lies in a hospital bed, right at the crossroads of life and death, out-of-body Mia drifts around listlessly, reflecting on her recent past and asking herself the same question the Clash once posited: Should I stay or should I go? It's the ultimate teenage fantasy, an extension of the "You'd be sorry if I died!" retort so beloved by melodramatic 15-year-olds everywhere. At a certain point, If I Stay takes a maudlin turn and just keeps going. But Moretz is strong enough to carry it. She makes out-of-body Mia's soul-searching wholly believable: There's a vulnerable softness to her eyes that suggests she really is thinking and feeling all the time, suspended in that gel of emotional turmoil we remember as teenagerhood.

Stephanie Zacharek
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  • AMC Arbor Lakes 16

    AMC Arbor Lakes 16

    12575 Elm Creek Blvd. Maple Grove, MN 55369
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Des;Digital Presentation 1:40 PM, 4:10 PM
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  • AMC Showplace Coon Rapids 16

    10051 N.W. Woodcrest Drive Coon Rapids, MN 55433
    DVS-Descriptive Video Service;Digital Presentation;Reserved Seating 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM
  • Andover Cinema

    Andover Cinema

    1836 NW Bunker Lake Blvd. Andover, MN 55304
    (12:00 PM), (2:15 PM), (4:30 PM)
  • Buffalo Cinema

    Buffalo Cinema

    100 1st Ave. NE Buffalo, MN 55313
    DIGITAL presentation!;Stadium Seating (1:55 PM), (4:35 PM), 6:55 PM, 9:20 PM
  • East Bethel 10 Theatres

    18635 Ulysses St. NE Cedar, MN 55011
    (12:05 PM), (2:15 PM), (4:30 PM), 7:25 PM, 9:35 PM
  • Forest Lake 5 Theatre

    1480 S. Lake St. Forest Lake, MN 55025
    (12:05 PM), (2:30 PM), (4:50 PM), 7:05 PM, 9:20 PM
  • Lakeville 21

    20653 Keokuk Ave. Lakeville, MN 55044
    Digital Presentation (11:20 AM), (1:35 PM), (4:00 PM), 6:55 PM, 9:00 PM
  • Mann Champlin Cinema 14

    11500 Theatre Drive Champlin, MN 55316
    (4:40 PM), 7:10 PM, 9:25 PM
  • Regal Brooklyn Center Stadium 20

    6420 Camden Ave. N. Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video Service (12:25 PM), (6:25 PM)
  • Regal Eagan Stadium 16

    2055 Cliff Road Eagan, MN 55122
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video Service (1:30 PM), (4:00 PM)
  • Rogers 18

    13692 Rogers Drive Rogers, MN 55374
    Digital Presentation (11:55 AM), (2:20 PM), (4:40 PM), 7:00 PM, 9:15 PM
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