Jeez, they’ll make a movie out of any concept these days. I have no commentary for this other than I’m glad to see that Angourie Rice has a starring role in something. Too bad it’s this and not something more befitting her talent. But I guess when you’re a youngin’, you gotta put up with crap every once in awhile.
The story looks like it’s about this teenage girl who appears to be approached by a new person every day with intimate knowledge of her love life, and this is because this person is literally a soul that travels from one body to another every day, never the same person twice and never for longer than one day.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Angourie Rice, known for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017), THE BEGUILED (2017), THE NICE GUYS (2016), and the upcoming LADIES IN BLACK (2018). In support, we have Jacob Batalon (SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, and upcoming films BLOOD FEST  and NIGHT SCHOOL ), Maria Bello (MAX STEEL , A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE , COYOTE UGLY , and the upcoming MONUMENTAL ), and Justice Smith (PAPER TOWNS , and upcoming films JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM  and DETECTIVE PIKACHU ).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Michael Sucsy, known for THE VOW (2012). Penning the screenplay is Jesse Andrews, known for ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (2015). Composing the score is Elliott Wheeler, known for a bunch of short films. The cinematographer is Rogier Stoffers, known for THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM (2016), LAKEVIEW TERRACE (2008), JOHN Q (2002), and upcoming films DEATH WISH (2018) and THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (2018). Finally, the editor is Kathryn Himoff, known for JOYFUL NOISE (2012), APPALOOSA (2008), THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (2005), and the upcoming FINDING STEVE MCQUEEN (2018).
Overall, hell no. This movie looks so silly. On the one hand, I can guess what the whole point of the story is. It’s about the person on the inside, not the person on the outside. But that feels like a negated idea when the person on the inside is literally the same person, so you’re not loving the individual as who they naturally are, but rather the person that you already love just inhabiting a different body. But maybe I should actually see the movie first before judging it, huh? Still, I doubt I’m going to like this. I know I’m not the demographic, but a good enough movie will always transcend its intended audience.
This is my honest opinion of: EVERY DAY
Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) is a sixteen year old girl, normal as can be. Friends, loving family, and even a boyfriend named Justin (Justice Smith). Thing is, Justin is usually pretty distant and takes Rhiannon for granted. But one day, he starts to act different. They skip school and have a great day of spending time together. But the next day, Justin is back to his usual self and doesn’t even remember having that great day with Rhiannon. But then she’s approached by a random teen, named A, who is a soul that literally winds up in another body every day, the same age, never the same one twice, and never too far away from the other, and that’s why her day with Justin was so great because Justin was A at the time. Though not believing at first, Rhiannon eventually sees the pattern, and the two strike up an odd, but compelling relationship that may or may not be romantic in nature.
Yup, it’s just as bad as I thought.
Where do I even begin? There’s nothing interesting about Rhiannon. This whole story revolves around her, but there’s nothing remarkable about her. I mean, really convince me. She’s a normal teen. What makes her stand out to A? Just because they had a nice time on a single day of skipping school, she’s suddenly the center of the universe? How many other teen bodies has A been jumping in and out of? How many of them had boyfriends or girlfriends? What, he just simply lucked out and there was Rhiannon? Does this movie have any idea how teenagers work? Most of them hop from one boyfriend to another every three months or so! Sheesh, you can’t convince me that Rhiannon was somehow the most unique and worth letting in on this uber crazy secret.
Some plot points get started, but ultimately never show up again. Toward the beginning, there’s an exchange between Rhiannon and Jolene (Debby Ryan) and almost right out of the blue, Jolene just makes the proclamation that their mom is cheating on their dad. This is never revisited. Actually, I take that back. The movie tries to revisit it. There’s a scene where Rhiannon has to be picked up from a cabin that she and A were lodging in and on their drive home, you can see this look in Rhiannon’s eyes that she wants to confront her mother about the cheating, or something, but doesn’t say anything. And never says anything ever again. So… what was the point in starting that subplot? Oh, right. Bad writing. Got it.
Can I ask, why are Rhiannon and Justin together? He’s inattentive toward her, he doesn’t know anything personal about her, and even when he does show her attention, it’s almost at arms length. Yeah, okay, we can probably surmise that she’s with him more as an “acting out” thing, what with how insane her dad briefly went and the increased emotional distance between him and her mom (Maria Bello). But that’s just speculation. All she says is that they love each other. But this only explains, and I use this word in the loosest way possible, why she wants to be with him. But why is he with her? He shows zero interest in her. He seems to only care about hanging out with his boys and doing things that she’s not interested in, like smoking and drinking. He doesn’t even have anything convincing to say when she confronts him about why they’re together (or was that when A was insider her?). If this relationship were to have any semblance of realism, Justin would simply be manipulative. He’d be a charmer who was only ever interested in one thing. But he never shows his appeal in any way.
One of the more insane things about this movie is that A is utterly selfish. I mean, fine, I can surprisingly suspend my disbelief at first. He tries to keep things as they are, no major meddling, nothing of that nature. Okay, I’m on board. But as soon as A jumps into Alexander’s (Owen Teague) body, then suddenly all morals are thrown down the shitter. Suddenly, it’s okay to take several days of Alexander’s life away just so he can make whoopie with the cute blonde. And the funny thing is, all of this can be done properly. Like, why not keep bouncing from body to body until you find an orphaned, or homeless, or otherwise a body who doesn’t have any ties to anyone? Problem solved! And it surprisingly gets worse when he inhabits a suicidal Asian girl. As if stopping her from killing herself is a major no-no in the soul jumping world. Sure, but it doesn’t stop him from taking over a life that is full of happiness and doesn’t need someone screwing things up. Hypocritical jack-off.
The other bit of insanity in this movie is just how bad the logic can get. Granted, they’re brief and not the focus of the movie, but when you’re a teenage girl and you get a text message from an unknown number literally telling you meet up somewhere and to come alone, NO WOMAN would ever agree to this! But Rhiannon is such a dumb-ass that she does it anyway. The scene in question actually has her asking her friend, “What should I do?” with a response of, “I don’t know.” Yes, movie, you definitely understand how the modern female mind works. Piss the @#$% off!
And I couldn’t even begin to count how many times the bad writing punched me in the face. Entire scenes dedicated to exposition-talk, A calling himself the gay cousin of the host of a party he’s crashing, even though that host doesn’t have a cousin (seriously, A could’ve said that he was a random stranger and no one would have argued), some kid calling Instagram, or whatever, “Satan’s social media,” there’s even a scene where Rhiannon tried to explain her unusual and unbelievable relationship with A to her sister, but shock of shocks, doesn’t believe it, and one of the most awkward flash forward scenes where Rice is supposed to be a middle aged woman, but is about as unconvincing as it sounds. By God this script was giving me a headache.
Is there anything redeeming about this movie? Well… I think Bello is a touch of class, no matter how bad her movie is. But even that isn’t done right because she’s barely in this movie. Half her role is regulated to waking up Rhiannon from bed and saying goodbye to her as she goes to work. Damn this woman deserves better. And some reactions from the actors are pretty funny. There’s a scene where A inhabits George (Sean Jones) and when his over-protective mom catches the two of them kissing, they laugh as he tells Rhiannon to just run for it, and the mom kind of chases her. And during the scene where Rhiannon tries to explain this crazy stuff with Jolene, her reaction is telling her, “I don’t know what kind of tween, new-age role playing you’re into,” and something or other, and I found myself laughing pretty hard. That was fun. But other than those two very specific reactions to their given situations and Bello’s simple appearance, nope, nothing really saves it.
Overall, this is about as tween as it gets. Dumb romance, weird general premise that is handled poorly, bad writing, and some questionable morals and logic, there’s not much that this movie offers. Bet you a pound to a penny that this movie still makes some of its money back, simply because of all the teen boys taking their girlfriends on dates. As for adults and young adults, come on, y’all know this movie is trash. I like some of the talent in here, and I hope Rice moves on to more dignified roles, but this is not worth anyone’s time. No, I do not recommend this movie. It’s not the worst I’ve ever seen, it’s just a product of its demographic, which I am not a part of, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything to write home about. I don’t even recommend it as a rental. Just like kids deserve animated movies that don’t insult their intelligence, teenagers deserve movies that aren’t so dull and obnoxious. Hard pass, everyone. Every hour, a different headache. Every minute, a terrible line. Every second, the same ole annoyances.
My honest rating for EVERY DAY: 2/5
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