Stephen Chbosky directs Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever and Amy Adams in this teen musical where a depressed shy loner kid pretends he and a boy who committed suicide were friends when his “note to self” is found on the dead kid’s person.
Monotonous and in poor taste. The songs all sound the same and the lead performance is so miscast it feels almost like a parody. A middle aged SNL regular playing a nervy, singing teenage with anxiety issues. Very little of this is entertaining, the mawk is often rancid. A whole extra point goes towards the cardies and sweaters Kaitlyn Dever wears. Amy Adams as the grieving mom who looks immaculate and still can rustle up a three course meal days after her kid kills himself is criminally wasted… but at least this keeps her off the streets.
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