Troubled past haunts 'Girl on the Edge'

April 17, 2015 3:52 PM

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"Girl on the Edge," a well-meaning drama about a troubled girl who learns to love herself and others with the help of a holistic rehabilitation program, could have easily stumbled into TV-movie territory. It's based on a true story and stars Taylor Spreitler, who made a convincing teen mother in peril in the Lifetime flick "Stalked at 17."

But it ultimately rises above those trappings. This is a modest, mature film that makes some of the obvious choices seem fresh. There are nice subtleties in the script by Joey Curtis ("Blue Valentine") and in several of the performances. Director Jay Silverman handles heavy subject matter with a mos...

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