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8/27/2014 12:01:00 AM
Movie Review: If I Stay
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh

As many of you know, I'm not necessarily a big fan of chick flicks and I went into this sure that is what this was. After seeing it, I'm not so sure. It was definitely a little schmaltzy, teen-aged love, angst and all that, but it also had some thought provoking moments.

Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a seventeen year old cellist. She has aspirations of attending Juilliard, she falls head over heels with Adam (James Blackley) and her life is pretty perfect. That all changes with a tragic car accident that takes her family, I'm not giving anything away, they show that in the previews. She winds up in a coma and the premise of the movie is based on her instinct to go with her family and her desire to stay with Adam.

The majority of the movie is shown in flashbacks, showing us her relationship with her family and following how she met Adam and how she feels about him. Am I going to even for a second tell you that this is groundbreaking cinema and a must see? No, it is clichéd and very predictable, for the most part, though it did surprise me once, and I did enjoy it for what it was and the target audience for this movie (I'm guessing that is teen-aged girls) will probably love it.

Ms. Moretz has quite successfully made the transition from child star to adult actress; I remember her from Dark Shadows, but she has been in quite a few movies. The supporting cast was good and do I love Stacy Keach, but this is Chloe's movie to carry and she pulls it off quite well.

Rated PG-13, there is not much profanity, sexual situations and some blood; the accident & hospital scenes are quite intense but they really need to be to make this movie work at all. As I said, teens, possibly sophisticated tweens and adults with a love of all things romantic will enjoy this.

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