February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing.
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her - before she runs out of time for good.
If you look at her phone at the beginning of each loop her phone reads February 12th. But after she leaves the party with her friends if you look at her phone when she holds it up. It's reads Saturday February 13th just before the loop ends and repeats itself. See more »
When Lindsay picks up Sam for the first time, the exhaust on the car indicated that the engine was cold. Even if she lived close by, after only a minute the water vapor coming out of the tail pipe is not visible. On subsequent pickups, there are no vapor clouds coming from the tailpipe, indicating the engine and exhaust system was at least moderately warm. See more »
Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for *you*, there's 1,000 or 3,000, or 10... So much time, you can bathe in it. So much time, you can waste it. But for some of us, there's only today, and what you do today matters - in the moment, and maybe into infinity... But I didn't know any of that... Until right before I fell.
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Sometimes it takes awhile for comedy classic theme to become an inspiration for a takeoff that has as much potency and emotional appeal as the original. So is the case with Before I Fall using Bill Murray's comedy classic Groundhog Day (1993) repetition of "the same day." Too often movies rip off the plot of a great movie with cheaper variations of the same theme without much originality. I can't even remember most of "the same day" movies. What makes Before I Fall so special is that it takes "the same day" and makes it its own, just like the poster in the movie which tells us to be true to ourselves in living life. So much crap happens when we don't.
The plot of this movie is such that its really difficult to describe without giving away the major twist. Except hopefully one can infer the overall plot by indirectly mentioning another movie that hopefully few have seen and may want to see both simultaneously if that were possible. But another potent and emotionally compelling movie with a resonating theme is Jennifer Love Hewitt's If Only (2004).
For an alternative relief one might also watch afterwards the comedy romance My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010) or Brad Pitt's character in Meet Joe Black (1998), or the delightful live-action/animation Run, Lola Run (1998), or the parallel plots in Sliding Doors (1998).
What's valuable about this movie is its coming of age story that offers us the important lesson about how we effect others and the value of living life to the fullest.
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