I recently had the chance to see Before I Fall, a teen drama film based off of the novel by Lauren Oliver. In this film, the director, Russo-Young, captures every whirlwind feeling that comes with being a teenage girl in high school. Samantha Kingston, played by Zoey Deutch, is one of the it-girls in the senior class. Samantha has the perfect group of girls and a jock boyfriend who makes all of the girls swoon, but her perfect world is turned upside down on what is supposed to be a very special night.
Samantha and her friends get in a tragic car accident on their way home from a party, but Samantha wakes up the next day with the biggest case of deja-vu possible. She is reliving the day of her accident over and over again, which presents the audience with a pressing question: if you knew when you were going to die, what would you do with your last day? Before I Fall is a heart-wrenching film that will make you question everything about your existence. Before I Fall hit the big-screens on March 3rd and is truly a must-see!
1. Growing Up is Tough
This recurring theme in the movie gives the plot a lot of relativity to the teenage audience. Battling constant life changes while trying to “find yourself” in high school can be tough. It can be easy to get caught up in difficult situations when you’re just trying to fit in with the “it crowd” of high school. Sometimes you have to take a step back, reevaluate your beliefs, and choose right from wrong.
2. Take the Time to Cherish Loved Ones
If you love someone, whether it be your immediate family or a friend at school, show them. You never know when a moment with someone could be your last. No matter how you’re feeling, treat the ones you love with all of the compassion you can give. Tell the people around you how much you love them, and you will never have anything to regret because sometimes you may not get a chance to say it again.
3. Treat Everyday Like it’s Your Last
The film mentions that you don’t know whether you have 3,000 days or just one left on earth. If you were to die today, how would you be remembered? Samantha may have gotten multiple chances to make her last day meaningful, but the rest of us don’t. Before I Fall made me realize that the little things aren’t worth fretting over. Say and do what you want, consider those around you, and go out of your way to make someone smile. Be remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of others.
4. High School is Just a Blip
As one of the supporting characters in the movie says, “high school is just a blip.” Teenagers spend so much time agonizing over things they won’t remember in a couple of years. Even though one situation may feel like the end of the world in the moment, it’s not. As long as you stay true to yourself and do what you believe in, there’s nothing to worry about. Things get better, people move on, and happy times are in the near future.
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