I’m the last person to ever recommend a young adult movie. I kind of hate the genre because it’s been hijacked by Hollywood cash grabs and poorly envisioned flicks based on inspired literature. I almost want to include THE HUNGER GAMES in that gripe because of how much of a letdown the final two movies to the franchise were, but I digress. EVERY DAY has a few of the same tropes that other young adult movies have, but it’s morally above others and unique in its own cliché way.
I ended up ruining one of the big things this movie does in the first 15 to 20 minutes by reading the synopsis. So I’m going to try to refrain from explaining the plot too much, if at all. I’m torn as to whether or not EVERY DAY builds enough intrigue for an unsuspecting audience. But I believe that EVERY DAY does a decent enough job establishing that something is going on when Justin (Smith) wakes up. He’s not the only one to notice that something is amiss, his girlfriend, Rhiannon (Rice) also notices her boyfriend isn’t acting like his usual self.
Justin recommends the two skip school and that they spend an unforgettable day together, simply connecting. Justin is usually distant and only interested in rounding third base, so Rhiannon is a bit taken aback when he’s curious about her home life, what she’s thinking, and most importantly, her feelings. Rhiannon likes this affectionate new side of Justin though. However before they part for their day, to go back home, Justin warns that every day is a new day and he won’t always be like this.
Once you pick up on what’s going on in EVERY DAY, you know how the movie is going to end. But that shouldn’t take anything away from the film. You of course know that the shark will die in JAWS and that the xenomorph will eventually be stopped in ALIEN halfway through each film if you’re at least consciously thinking about how things will end. Those films aren’t good because of their endings, but how we get there. EVERY DAY is a journey through the perils of high school and the spectrum of emotions that teens generally feel on that trip.
The film isn’t without its faults. There are several moments where the film has a chance to make a profound statement and take a new brave step forward, but instead it manages to retreat a few steps back into safe storytelling territory. At those moments, the film feels like it’s not as sincere as it should be. EVERY DAY is a young adult romance bathed in sci-fi and attempting to be a meaningful allegory for today’s teens, and fails at being more intense.
EVERY DAY does a fine enough job at creating unique conflicts and being inclusive. Rhiannon doesn’t necessarily have her eyes widened to the world around her, but she becomes a little more knowledgeable about what love is and what love means to everyone. EVERY DAY’s message about love transcending gender, and how gender is as fluid as our feelings, can be a little blunt. But it rings true and loud for its target audience and those outside of it.
Video: (1080p HD Widescreen 2:39:1) The film’s color palate is a little bland, but moments in the sunshine and woods are wonderfully lit, revealing a crisp clear portrait of this world.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) No audio problems.
Love is Love (1:13): An incredibly short behind-the-scenes feature that’s title is self-explanatory.
EVERY DAY People (2:03): This is an incredibly quick character overlook, which more or less is each actor introducing their character.
An A by Any Other Name (2:12): A short feature about A.
Book to Film Adaptation (1:31): This should be a full-fledged feature, but it’s not, so it sheds no light on the process or the changes made from paper to screen.
Deleted Scenes (20:16): 16 scenes altogether. It’s a mix of new and extended scenes that doesn’t add too much new to the story.