Movie review: Get out the hankies for ‘If I Stay’

August 21, 2014 11:15 PM

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“If I Stay,” based on Gayle Forman’s popular novel for young adults, is likely to appeal to youthful fans of the book and the movie’s star, Chloë Grace Moretz, an audience that may not recognize the clichéd situations and the artless dialogue for what they are. Older moviegoers (and more discerning teenagers) are unlikely to be attracted to this unabashed tearjerker.

The film adds a fantasy gimmick to a teens-in-love story. Sweet-natured Mia (Moretz), the 17-year-old daughter of two ex-rockers (Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard), is a talented cellist who hopes to get into Juilliard. That’s a problem, because her boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley), is a member of a ri...

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