‘PEN15’ envy

Views from the Outside

The way “PEN15” handles the mockery that Maya is subjected to is apt and painful, and watching it happen to a mixed-race Japanese girl made it hit close to home.
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‘The Edge of Seventeen’: It gets teenagers

Few high school films in the last decade understand what it’s like to be a teenager in this day and age; either they invest too much time in a ridiculously clichéd love story that fails to see the reality of teenage awkwardness (think “A Walk to Remember”). Or they try
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