If I Stay

If I Stay

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Directed by : R.J. Cutler

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Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. ...more

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“If I Stay is so melodramatic, sappy and corny that the target audience (teenage girls) might find it too much to bear. Skip it unless you have an unusually high tolerance for mushy teen dramas. ”

If I Stay Credit & Casting

Chloe Grace Moretz

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If I Stay Audience Review

Please don't stay

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If I stay is in the worst tradition of the Bollywood melodrama and can beat the weepiest Bollywood movie at its game.

 

A girl is critically injured in a car accident that kills her whole family consisting of her parents and her brother. She now has only her grandparents and an ex- boyfriend to lean on. The movie has her in a coma throughout while she makes up her mind whether she should die or stay alive.

 

The movie is excruciatingly slow with a series of flashbacks taking us through her very boring and utterly predictable life.  Her parents are loving and supportive, her brother is cute, her grandparents are encouraging , her best friend is saccharine sweet and her boyfriend is a the lead guitarist in an successful band. All this is shown to us in every boring detail interspersed with scenes in the hospital where the grandparents, friend and boyfriend all come to her comatose bedside to tell her why she should not die.

 

The acting is also melodramatic. The girl runs around barefoot in the hospital ward (in her soul form) with an anguished expression on her face as she sees everyone deal with the tragedy. The rock star boyfriend has a receding hairstyle and a soppy face and the parents are seen in a hazy cocoon all the time.

 

There are warm fuzzy shots of everyone, the couple keeps kissing and there are songs just like in a Bollywood film only we would have done it much better. The music is the saving grace with a mix of Western classical and rock music bringing things alive a little bit.

 

I propose a remake with Alia Bhatt and Sidhharth as the lead pair. They will definitely do a much better job tackling this kind of a story. Totally avoidable.

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