If I Stay: Preview and Synopsis [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago

“If I Stay” is a film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s novel of the same name. It is a drama film directed by R.J. Cutler from the screenplay of Shauna Cross. The cast members include: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato, Jakob Davies, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard and Stacey Keach. It opens in theaters on Aug. 22, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “If I Stay” synopsis and review.

“If I Stay” Synopsis:


Mia (Moretz) is a cellist awaiting an acceptance letter from Juilliard. She has a boyfriend named Adam (Blackley) who is opposite her taste when it comes to music. Adam is into becoming a rockstar, touring and playing on roadshows. A fatal accident leaves Mia unconscious on the road. When she wakes up, she watches herself being strapped and brought to the hospital. No, she is not dead yet. She is in a coma. Mia’s spirit goes around the hospital, watching Denny (Leonard), Kat (Enos) and her brother Teddy (Davies) as they pray for her recovery. Mia not only reflects on whether living again, but also about her past.

“If I Stay Review:

As of this writing, the critics from Rotten Tomatoes have given the film with a 57 percent rating, while 95 percent of the moviegoers would like to see it.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Jon Frosch mentioned in his review how Chloe Grace Moretz does not seem to be appropriate for the role.

“It’s easy to see why Chloe Grace Moretz wanted to be in If I Stay — it’s an adaptation of a hit YA book, she’s rapidly a rising star and the role is her first full-fledged romantic lead. But a few minutes into the drippy teen love-and-death story,you’ll likely wish she hadn’t,” said Frosch in The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, Justin Chang of Variety was not that moved with the emotions being portrayed onscreen.

“The overall execution is so pedestrian that it’s possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers’ good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen,” wrote Chang in Variety.

What do you think of Moretz’s take on this drama film? Were you satisfied or moved on how she portrayed the role of Mia Hall? Let us know by posting your comments below.

There you have it for the “If I Stay” synopsis and review. It opens in theaters on Aug. 22, 2014. Keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming movies.


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