#REVIEW: “EVERY DAY”
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
From the Director of The Vow and the Screenwriter of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a Teen-Romance that on paper looks like a W Network Movie of the Week, but surprisingly is better than anyone could’ve expected. Every Day is The Notebook meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers if the latter were a little more Freaky Friday. Sucsy creates a world that truly is engaging and thought-provoking. The Film is the perfect Rom-Com that should’ve been in theatres before Valentine’s Day.
Every Day focuses on the super-likable Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) and her life with her parents and sister Jolene (Debby Ryan), as well as her boyfriend Justin (Justice Smith). Rhiannon tries so hard to fit-in and be accepted, while Justin has no real interest in her, that is until a spirit named A takes over Justin’s body and shows Rhiannon the best day of her life. Rhiannon is unaware that her boyfriend has been possessed and it turns out that A develops feelings for Rhiannon. A bounces from body to body every 24 hours and can only be present in one body for 24 hours, never returning to that body once again. Once Rhiannon is told that A is a real entity, things get complicated as A continues bouncin from person to person and Rhiannon develops feelings for . This builds several complications between Rhiannon and the people whom A takes possession of.
What makes Every Day so special is that our leading lady develops an intense emotional relationship with a person that who isn’t truly personified. Most movies of the Rom-Com genre often are plagued by a lack of substance, but Rice manages to create this real relationship with this entity that transcends boundaries altogether. Rice‘s Rhiannon does not care what form A takes whether the person be male or female, black or white. Whatever body A inhabits becomes one that Rhiannon more and more falls in love with, and the way in which Rice portrays this is heartfelt. This entire Movie weighs on the strength of her performance and thankfully Sucsy has struck gold with such a strong lead.
Every Day is one of those rare gems that audiences will find themselves enjoying endlessly and timelessly. Rhiannon’s choices are thought-provoking, giving the audience something to ponder.
Elevation Pictures release EVERY DAY Friday, February 23, 2018.