17 Years a Chanler
Rated PG13 for mature situations, some strong language, and mild violence.
Directed by Chanler Harrison
17 Years a Chanler stars Chanler Harrison as Chanler Harrison, a senior at Freeport High School. He plays football and is also in the high school band. He helps lead his team to the playoffs, despite staving off multiple injuries. As a typical high school athlete Chanler tries to balance school, football, and his social life. A girl named Nina Davenport (Nina Davenport) starts talking to him. He then decides to focus more of his energy on Nina when she asks him to go to a soccer game with her. After they have an awkward first date they start talking more. Although Nina's mom (Maryll Streep) doesn't want Nina to be with Chanler.
Nina and Chanler must overcome multiple hurdles that try to get stop them from being together. Their adventure spans 6 months crossing many mountains, rivers and part of the ocean to discover their love for each other.
In this tale that follows Chanler the cliche hopeless romantic, it has all the makings of a decent romance movie, although probably not as good as classics like the notebook, and the titanic seeing as though it's lacking the deaths of main characters. Chanler Harrison convincingly portrays an awkward, yet charming, teenage boy. On screen Nina and Chanler have amazing chemistry that you can just feel. Meryl Streep's portrayal of an overbearing matriarch is spot on. Overall the acting in this film is spectacular.
The way the film starts you get the vibe that it's going to be a sports movie, much like Friday night lights. There are fast paced clips of Hard hitting football, frames of jubilant faces from a win to dismayed after a loss. Then bam all of sudden it cuts to a seen of Chanler and Nina talking to each other on Facebook. The film the starts to unfold as the love story it was made out to be in the trailers.
Overall This film is for you if you want a very relatable love movie that you can get all of your friends together and have a girls night out. It is a classic forbidden love story with a modern twist. It also has it's own respectable comedic moments when, which are always refreshing. Overall I would give this move a b+ or a 9 out of 10 for a rating.