Before I Fall

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver A wonderful, more serious (and more sincere) take on the film Groundhog Day's premise that celebrates the complicated friendships of high-school girls while pushing its narrator, Sammy, toward a clearer understanding of her own motivations, choices, and how to make her time left matter most. Watching Sammy make -- most of the time -- progressively better decisions is rewarding not because they provide a moral high-ground, but because we understand how difficult some of those decisions can be. An honest portrayal of teen life swamped by sex, booze, and fashionistas that never tries too hard to be cool, or overplays to break your heart. Yet somehow, by the end, "Before I Fall" manages both.