If I Stay – Live for Love. Ratings: 6.9/10 from 48,065 users (IMDb)
All I will say is that this film could have easily been contrived and cheesy and hokey and clichéd but rather, the end result is truly one of the finest, most real representations of youth and love I have seen in a long time.
If I stay is a beautiful, moving film about a teenage girl and the life or death decision she must make. Mia is a teenage girl that has a wonderful, quirky family, a boyfriend who loves her to pieces, and a bright, ambitious future. But, all of that changes when she and her family are in a fatal car accident. While Mia’s body is in a coma, her mind journeys back to all of her memories, triumphs, heart breaks and future. She has to make the decision on whether or not to fight and stay alive, or let go and leave this world. Will Mia stay?
Directed by: R.J. Cutler
Writing Credits: Shauna Cross (screenplay), Gayle Forman (novel)
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley..
Trivia: R.J. Cutler had given all the cast a personal iPod featuring the songs that he thought each character would listen to. (EX: Chloë Grace Moretz got an iPod with Classical music while Jamie Blackley got an iPod with Rock music.)
Mia Hall: Isn’t it amazing how life is one thing and then, in an instant it becomes something else. Like here I am, Mia, the girl who thinks about the cello and Adam, and whether I get a stupid letter or not, and just like that…
Mia Hall: Why do I get this feeling you’re about to mess up my entire life?
Adam: A little mess never hurt anybody.
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 in the mosh pit that is high school English class. Or my mom, a riot girl who found her calling as a part-time travel agent and a full-time supermom. These days she only moshes with Teddy.
Of note: if you choose to take in a viewing of If I Stay, look for the stars of the film hovering around a bonfire and singing an acoustic guitar/cello version of “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins. Gosh, I almost forgot how much I missed that song.