March 20, 2017
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“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers.”
Samantha (Zoey Deutch), the main character, is friends with Lindsay (Halston Sage), Elody (Medalion Rahimi), and Ally (Cynthy Wu.) They are popular girls at school; with Lindsay being the leader and Samantha dating the “perfect boy,” but everything changes within a blink of an eye. Samantha keeps reliving the same day over and over again and has to come up with a solution to finally have a tomorrow.
The movie is set during “Cupid Day,” the equivalent of Valentine’s Day. In the beginning, Samantha only cares about the shallow things of popularity such as how many flowers she receives, and the fact that it was “the night” for Samantha and her boyfriend. Throughout the first of many replicable days, Samantha and her friends judge other people simply because they are different from them, this sets them as the antagonist in the film, leaving the audience with a distaste for the group of friends as a whole. When the night arrives and the girls arrive at a party held by an old friend of Samantha’s, the girls run into Juliet (Elena Kanpouris), the girl that Lindsay bullied.
Deutch does a spectacular job playing Samantha, who acts as the quiet voice of reason. Samantha went to the party of Kent (Logan Miller), who always throws parties hoping that one day Samantha would come. Until Cupid Day arrives, Samantha and her friend decide to go to the party but have a run in with Juliet. They always seemed to have hated her but have no clear explanation why, and Juliet came to the party because she had something planned that night.
This movie portrays the powerful message that no day is guaranteed and everyone should live each day to the fullest and with no regrets.
“Before I Fall” is rated PG-13, although its meaning can reach to all audiences, and is a must see to those about to embark on the long journey of adulthood and the real world.