Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

So I’m not much for these mushy teenage YA soap opera dramas that the studios have put out the past few years -all of the Fault Between Our Stars/Perks of Being a Wallflower/Before I Fall etc, etc.  But silly me I keep watching them.  Why?  Because my wife likes them?  Nah, I can’t blame her.  I’m usually the one saying, “Let’s throw this on.”  Maybe it is because I keep watching and waiting for the diamond in the rough.  I found some movies like that with The Duff and The Edge of Seventeen which were pretty decent high school outcast movies dealing with being a high school outcast.  I’ll throw Wonder into that mix though, for the most part, the film dealt with a younger protagonist that only shifted to the older high school sister at certain times.

Every Day didn’t set the box office ablaze or anything but I found this film to be a bit more charming then most of these films.  Is it because of the quasi-sci-fi aspect of the film?  Probably.  I found the sci-fi quirk of this film much better done then a film like Before I Fall which just felt like Groundhog Day with teenage angst.  It’s probably because of the source material (based on the book by David Levithan) and some great performances by the teenage actors especially Angourie Rice as the female lead.

The movie revolves around Rice’s character Rhiannon who ends up encoutering a “guy” who calls himself “A”.  I put “guy” in quotes because this entity ends up switching bodies day after day.  It seems it has been this way for him/her since birth and, after 24 hours, he/she always wakes up in another male/female boday approximate to his his/her true age.  He/she is growing up, but growing each day in a new body until it finally hops into a body that dies.

Rhiannon is dating Justin (Justice Davis) who is a not-so-great boyfriend.  He sort of likes Rhiannon but sort of ignores her as well.  He’s your typical “I’m 16 let’s go over and “study” at my house but I want to get in your pants” sort of boyfriend AKA most male teenage kids. “A” jumps into Justin one day and Rhiannon ends up having the best day of her life with her boyfriend.  The problem is, the next day, Justin has no recollection of what went on.  Rhiannon’s perfect day with her boyfriend?  It only happened with “A” and “A” has already switched to the next body.

Except that this time “A” is quite smitten with Rhiannon.  No matter how far away he jumps (which is usually somewhere within 30 miles or so, he tries to connect over and over with Rhiannon.  At first the girl isn’t having it and pretty much thinks that she is being pranked by her boyfriend and his sleazy friends.  But soon enough Rhiannon does learn that “A” is real, that he does skip from body to body every day, and that she really likes him even though he has no physical body.

But how long can a romance like this go for?  It’s actually “A” who asks the tough questions and knows that a love like this can’t go on forever and forever.  For Rhiannon, she is connected to someone amazing and it doesn’t matter what he looks like daily.  She’s in love.  “A” is too but the relationship may just end up being too much.

The first big surprise of the film was seeing the Orion Pictures logo pop up in the beginning of the film.  I thought Orion Pictures was long, long gone and had to actually look up their Wikipedia page to find out what is going on.  It turns out that Every Day is the first of 4 to 6 moderetly budget films that will be released under the Orion Pictures banner which (according to Wiki) is under MGM, though this film is distributed on home video by Warner Bros.  I’m a bit confused but that doesn’t really matter.  As a kid I saw that Orion logo on many films that I loved so I was really happy to see it return.

There’s a decent supporting cast in Every Day which includes Disney Channel alum Debby Ryan as Rhiannon’s cocky older sister Jolene.  I’m sure the names Rhiannon and Jolene will be lost on those younger viewers who only sit around listening to Drake, Post Malone, or Arianna Grande, but I thought the nod to some classic songs was outstanding.  Maria Bello plays Rhiannon’s mom and, while the role is quite limited, Bello is able to bring some gravitas to what would be an unforgettable role.  No offense to the actor who played Rhiannon’s father, but he was….quite forgettable.

Angourie Rice really carries the movie well.  Anyone who ever saw The Nice Guys knows that she was probably the best part of that film and that is saying something when you are teamed with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.  As multiple characters plays the character “A” throughout the film, it is Rice who grounds the movie and keeps the romantic feelings flowing.  She does a wonderful job and I really look forward to whatever films she has upcoming.

The last great thing was an appearance by Jacob Batalon as one of the characters who plays “A”.  I love Batalon as Ned from Spider-Man Homecoming and, very briefly, in Avengers Infinity War, so it was great seeing him pop up in some Young Adult sappy movie.  It really made my day.

The special features on the Blu-ray are pretty limited with some deleted scenes, the director talking about changing the book’s perspective, and the cast talking about the challenges of playing the same character.  The featurettes were decent overall but limited.

Out of all the YA sappy romantic flicks that have come out over the past eight or so years, I am going to say that Every Day is probably my favorite.  Maybe it is the sci-fi angle.  Maybe it is the psychological aspect.  Maybe it is the solid acting by the younger actors.  Whatever the case may be, I’m happy with the end result and won’t hesitate to watch this film over again and again in years to come.


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