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If I Stay (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 22 August 2014 (USA)
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Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if she can go on.

Director:

R.J. Cutler

Writers:

Shauna Cross (screenplay), Gayle Forman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Mia Hall
Mireille Enos ... Kat
Jamie Blackley ... Adam
Joshua Leonard ... Denny
Liana Liberato ... Kim
Stacy Keach ... Gramps
Gabrielle Rose ... Gran
Jakob Davies ... Teddy
Willa Milner ... Liz (as Ali Milner)
Aisha Hinds ... Nurse Ramirez
Gabrielle Cerys Haslett ... Young Mia
Lauren Lee Smith ... Willow
Adam Solomonian Adam Solomonian ... Henry
John Emmet Tracy ... Surgeon
Chelah Horsdal ... Liddy
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Storyline

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Written by Warner Bros.

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Live for Love


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Si decido quedarme See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,679,190, 24 August 2014

Gross USA:

$50,474,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,274,843
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jamie Blackley had recorded all of his songs and sang them live. See more »

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When the car crashes there is snow on the trees and ground, but when they are brought to the hospital and Mia looks out the window, there is no snow and it looks like spring outside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mia Hall: At the age of 26, Ludwig Beethoven went deaf, ending his career as a successful concert pianist. But determined not to let a little thing like his hearing end his music career, my pal Ludwig became a composer. Turned out the new gig suited him. It's like that old saying, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Take my dad. When my little brother, Teddy, was born, he quit his band to get a real job. But then he fell in love with teaching. Now he spends his days ...
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The Cello & Guitar
12 November 2014 | by knoxiiiSee all my reviews

What sleight of hand! A moving love story between a high school cellist prodigy & a rising rock star (slightly older). If I stay implies a choice is to be made. Perhaps there is. Who am I to say? If there is no one knows for sure, & if they proclaim otherwise, they are a clear & obvious fraud. This story revolves around this existential question & successfully gives deep & equal background for both. Many will flat out cry, & I remember two instances of prolonged hard blinks, fighting off tears.

The maturation of Chloe Grace, as I call her, has been sublime to watch. I rarely watch Carson Daly, but remember the genuineness & wit from his interview with her before an early hit movie. This was ingrained into my memory as someone to keep track of. She displays masterful acting, as the female lead. If I could buy stock in an actress, she would be my blue chip 1st choice. Everything about her is amazing, including her "Joliesque" lips. They are similar, yet all her own.

It gives me great pleasure to recommend this movie. It was enjoyable to see the clear chemistry between boy & girl. They were successful in portraying the emotions of true love, the give and take, and sacrifices that make it endure. Chloe Grace Moretz outshines everyone else in the story. The supporting cast was good, but never had the chance the moment she was cast. The ending seems predictable but it was far from it. The director makes two equally compelling cases for her choice. Enjoy this movie about young adult love, and don't be surprised if you compare it to your own love stories. I rate this a very solid 7/10 stars on the back of Chloe Grace's performance. Others who enjoy this genre more than I may well rate it 1-2 stars higher. Chloe Grace continues to rise in her mastery of the art.

Knox D. Alford, III


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