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When you pitch an idea for a film in Hollywood, producers try to convince the studios that the film isn’t too different from films they have already been made by pitching two successful films that the studio would recognize. If I were going to pitch “Before I fall” I would say it is “Groundhog day” meets “Mean Girls.” The difference is this film is not a comedy. It is definitely a drama.

Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect boyfriend, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her before she runs out of time for good.

“Before I fall” stars Zoey Deutch as Samatha Kingston. Live Hewson is Anna Cartullo. Halson Sage is Samatha’s best friend, Lindsay. Alyssa Lynch is Lola. Cnythy Woo is Ally Harris. Logan Miller is Kent.

This is a talented cast that shows real promise for the future of film. I thought that Zoey Deutch was excellent ; she is a very talented young actress that I look forward to seeing in more roles in the future.

The screenplay was written by Maria Maggenti based on the book by Lauren Oliver. “Before I fall” was directed by Ry Russo-Young.

I liked the way the film unfolds. It has a strong message that everyone is important and that everyone should be treated with kindness. This message is especially important at a time in our country when there seems to be a dearth of kindness.

Who wouldn’t like to have “do-overs” on certain days in our lives, even an average day. Most of us would love to be able to take back things we’ve said or done or say or do things we didn’t.

This is a film that I would encourage older teens to see. As teens we are so wrapped up in ourselves that we don’t care or worry about what other people are thinking or feeling. This film may make teens aware that it is important to take others feelings into consideration.

“Before I fall” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.

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