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Movie Review: ‘Every Day’ is a Wholesome Movie That’s Sure to Satisfy the Younger Crowd

Angourie Rice and Justice Smith in Every Day (2018)
Photo Credit: Orion Pictures

Starring: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan, Maria Bello

Director: Michael Sucsy

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Rating: PG-13 for Thinking You Might Have Been Possessed by Satan

Release Date: February 23, 2018

Based on David Levithan’s novel of the same name, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a typical teenage girl with typical teenage problems, like a cute boyfriend named Justin who’s actually kind of a dick. One day, Justin, acting unlike himself, decides to play hooky with his girlfriend so that they could have a nice day together. The only problem is, the next day he doesn’t remember a thing.

Turns out Rhiannon didn’t spend the day with her boyfriend, but a soul named A, who took over Justin’s body. A eventually explains to her that they wake up in a new body every day. While the gender of the person they inhabit doesn’t matter (When asked if they were a boy or a girl, A responds “Yes”), there are some rules: Always a person the same age and never the same body twice. Also, the people are always near each other, so A can’t wake up one day in California if they fell asleep as someone in Maine. A can even access the person’s memories they’re inhabiting so they can easily blend in and just “Live that day for that person.”

Oh, and A is totally in love with Rhiannon, and she just might like them back.

And, well, that’s kind of it, folks. A and Rhiannon have to figure out how to make it work as a couple, which is hard when one of you changes your appearance and location from day to day. It’s a pansexual’s nightmare. But, don’t worry, A has an Instagram that they use to keep track of who they are.

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for more, expect to be disappointed. Every Day has such an interesting premise that the filmmakers try their best to experiment with, but ultimately leave you wanting more. One day, A wakes up as a blind person, but you only see them for a minute. A is a girl maybe three times, compared to them being a boy at least 10 (seriously, I wasn’t expecting it to be as heterosexual as it was with a premise like this). The best part was when A woke up as Rhiannon, which resulted in some great acting from Angourie Rice.

I have to give it up to all of the actors that play A throughout the movie (Hey, Jacob Batalon, who I wished was in this way more!). Each one of them gave their own take on the role while still staying true to the character they shared. This part was no small feat, despite the short amount of time the audience got to spend with each incarnation of A.

In the end, Every Day is wholesome and pure, and if you’re a teenager, or you’re into cheesy romance movies, you’re going to like this one.

Every Day is Recommended If You Like: Young adult novels where a female protagonist has to choose between two guys despite being the leader of a revolution, Nicholas Sparks movies

Grade: 2.5 out of 5 Abstract Paintings of faces

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