If I Stay USA 2014 – 103min.
If I Stay
Mia is a gifted 17-year-old cellist. In one fraction of a second, in the midst of a snowy forest, the family car she’s in skids off the road. When she “wakes up”, her body is in a coma surrounded by EMTs. Suspended between life and death, Mia is now an orphan watching her family’s bodies taken to the hospital, forced to decide to stay or join them in drifting away…
You have to pinch yourself to believe it: an introverted adolescent, a brilliant cellist, with perfect hipster punk parents and in love with the perfect boy at school who says things like: “The you you are now is the same you I was in love with yesterday.” Adapted from the young adult novel by Gayle Forman, in the style of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, If I Stay pushes the boundaries of Hollywood idiocy. The supernatural aspect of the story is neglected by the director in favor of pure melodrama, with a plastic central character played more or less convincingly by Chloé Grace Moretz - who is obviously incapable of sniffing out a good script. The whole thing is nothing but a flimsy pretext for rolling out a slew of rambling memories as uninspiring as a Nutella ad. There is neither imagination nor consistency in this incredibly dumb love story that’s so bad it’s funny.