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‘If I Stay’: Moretz becomes her character and she must make a decision of fate

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‘If I Stay’


When life seems to be going well your future seems to be limitless, but sometimes things can change those plans and spin your life in a different direction. This story is about how love can be something special and disaster can be another. What happens in life is what you make of the events you experience and how you respond to them.

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A young inspired cellist, Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) who plans to attend Julliard when she graduates high school, must face the decision of her life and decide what’s best for her. Mia lives a normal happy teenage life with her family. Her father Denny (Joshua Leonard) is a retired drummer from a rock band called “Nasty Bruises”, who chose to be home for his kids then to continue his lifelong dream. Mia’s mother Kat Hall (Mireille Enos) is a rock n roll fan that was a groupie in her husband’s band. Along with her younger brother Teddy Hall (Jakob Davies), they enjoy spending time together with their family and friends.

While at school Adam Wilde (Jamie Blackley), a senior in high school and lead singer of his band, sees Mia’s playing the cello and falls in love with her. After some time, he invites her to see his band “Shooting Star”, where she discovers his talent with the guitar. They fall for each other and later have to deal with his band making it big after graduation.

Mia discovered at a very young age that she was drawn to the cello, which was hard for her parents who were devoted rock fans. Her family was supportive anyway and encouraged her to follow her dreams. She also had support from her grandfather Gramps (Stacy Keach) with whom she is very close and occasionally went to her concerts together. Mia’s childhood friend Kim Schein (Liana Liberato) is also very close with her and they share everything together even their dreams.

After her family crashes off of an icy road, Mia finds herself living an out of body experience as she learns the fate of her family and herself. Mia must decide to stay and live a life without her family or die and be with them for eternity.

Director R.J. Cutler put together an excellent storyline that includes a powerful sound track. He included a supportive cast of characters from the film to help bring the story alive. Cutler also included details that help make the out of body experience seem possible. This wonderful expressive tale will show you how precious life is and how it affects us all.

Final Grade: I give this a B+ for its emotional storyline and spectacular sound track.

Release Date: August 22, 2014

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Jakob Davies, and Stacy Keach.

Director: R.J. Cutler

Writer: Shauna Cross (screenplay), and Gayle Forman (novel).

Runtime: 106 minutes (1 hour and 46 minutes)

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material.

Genre: Drama

Production Company: DiNovi Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema, and Warner Bros.


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