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If I Stay

Movie Details

If I Stay
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2014-08-22 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 106 min.
  • Director: R.J. Cutler
  • Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Jamie Blackley, Aliyah O'Brien, Joshua Leonard
  • Producers: Alison Greenspan, Denise DiNovi, Gayle Forman, Brad Van Arragon
  • Writer: Shauna Cross
  • Distributor: ARRAY(0x2ffc1d8)
  • Official Site: If I Stay Official Site

Given the dearth of dramas about real-life grown-up problems, especially in summertime, movies adapted from young-adult novels are about the best we can hope for. Even when they're not great, they fill a need, for teenagers and grown-ups alike. If you're in the mood for a story about humans who are a little less expendable, you could do worse than spend an air-conditioned afternoon watching If I Stay. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Mia, a teenage rebel, though not the sort you'd expect: She's a disciplined cellist with dreams of attending Juilliard.

The cutest and coolest guy in her school, an aspiring rock guitarist named Adam (Jamie Blackley), spies her practicing alone in a classroom one day, and zing go the strings of his heart. They begin dating, but tragedy strikes: Mia and her family suffer a serious car accident, one that puts Mia in a coma. While flesh-and-blood Mia lies in a hospital bed, right at the crossroads of life and death, out-of-body Mia drifts around listlessly, reflecting on her recent past and asking herself the same question the Clash once posited: Should I stay or should I go? It's the ultimate teenage fantasy, an extension of the "You'd be sorry if I died!" retort so beloved by melodramatic 15-year-olds everywhere. At a certain point, If I Stay takes a maudlin turn and just keeps going. But Moretz is strong enough to carry it. She makes out-of-body Mia's soul-searching wholly believable: There's a vulnerable softness to her eyes that suggests she really is thinking and feeling all the time, suspended in that gel of emotional turmoil we remember as teenagerhood.

Stephanie Zacharek
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  • AMC Ahwatukee 24

    AMC Ahwatukee 24

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Des;Digital Presentation 2:40 PM, 5:10 PM, 7:40 PM, 10:15 PM
  • AMC Arizona Center 24

    AMC Arizona Center 24

    565 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Des;Digital Presentation 12:25 PM, 3:10 PM, 5:55 PM, 8:35 PM
  • AMC Arrowhead 14

    AMC Arrowhead 14

    7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, AZ 85308
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Des;Digital Presentation;Reserved Seating 12:50 PM, 3:45 PM, 6:20 PM, 9:00 PM
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  • AMC Mesa Grand 24

    AMC Mesa Grand 24

    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Des;Digital Presentation 1:55 PM, 4:35 PM, 7:10 PM, 9:45 PM
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    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Des;Digital Presentation 2:30 PM, 8:25 PM
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  • Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    5000 Arizona Mills Circle Tempe, AZ 85281
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (11:05 AM), (1:50 PM), (4:35 PM)
  • Harkins Chandler Fashion Center 20

    3159 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (10:35 AM), (1:05 PM), (4:05 PM), 6:40 PM, 9:30 PM
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    1620 W. Montebello Phoenix, AZ 85015
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:30 AM, 1:05 PM, 3:40 PM
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    Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18

    10250 W. McDowell Road Avondale, AZ 85323
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:15 AM, 12:40 PM, 3:20 PM
  • Harkins Metrocenter 12

    9615 Metro Parkway W. Phoenix, AZ 85051
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    Harkins North Valley 16

    3420 E. Bell Road Phoenix, AZ 85032
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    9804 W. Northern Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345
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  • Harkins Superstition Springs Luxury 25

    6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85207
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    1850 S. White Mountain Road Show Low, AZ 85901
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