If I Stay

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(2014) ★★

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“You know when you meet someone and they already are the person they’re meant to be?” Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz, who graduated to full-blown streetwalking in Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer, is back at school. She’s talking about Jamie Blackley. He plays guitar in a local Portland band on the rise. “Everybody knows who he is. Me, not so much.” Cut to her practising cello. She loves her cello. “It’s like my heart was beating in my chest.” You see where this is going, don’t you. A snowy day, a bendy stretch of road, a bright light, the screen goes white. And now she’s looking down at herself being treated by paramedics at the roadside. “If she wants to live, she’d better start fighting,” says the guy wheeling her into the operating theatre. “It’s all up to you,” whispers the anaesthetist in her ear. She hears all this and, in a coma, she continues to talk to us, suspended between life and death. If I Stay plays like an extra-maudlin teen-specific addendum to the Lesley Sharp/Andrew Lincoln TV series, Afterlife. It’s certainly not A Matter of Life and Death. Although for Chloë’s Mia it is, of course. It’s the biggest decision in her life. Whether or not to come back to it. Because it’s all down to her, right? Jeez, these bestselling ‘young adult’ tearjerkers sure get off on mixed messages. Like the similarly morbid and narcissistic The Fault in Our Stars, this one sweetens its bitter pill with precious music and poignant flashbacks. Back to her birthday, for instance, when Blackley’s Adam gave Mia a bracelet. “It’s a cello and a guitar. Do you get it?” he says. Out loud. The director, R.J. Cutler, made a well-received documentary about Vogue magazine. Shauna Cross previously scripted Whip It (good) and What to Expect When You’re Expecting (bad). This one’s inbetween, gushing but not ugly.

Certificate: 12
Duration: 107min

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