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If I Stay (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 22 August 2014 (USA)
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Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if she can go on.

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Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Written by Warner Bros.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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22 August 2014 (USA)  »

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Si decido quedarme  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,679,190 (USA) (22 August 2014)

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$50,461,335 (USA) (31 October 2014)
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Trivia

In December 2010, it was announced that a film based on the novel If I Stay was in the works at Summit Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

Mia's letter from Juilliard gives the place and time of her live audition, but no date for the audition. See more »

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Mia Hall: At the age of 26, Ludwig Beethoven went deaf, ending his career as a successful concert pianist. But determined not to let a little thing like his hearing end his music career, my pal Ludwig became a composer. Turned out the new gig suited him. It's like that old saying, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Take my dad. When my little brother, Teddy, was born, he quit his band to get a real job. But then he fell in love with teaching. Now he spends his days ...
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Moms' Night Out (2014) See more »

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I Never Wanted to Go Back
Written by Heitor Pereira
Performed by Willamette Stone
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Real and genuine - a cut above the rest
4 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a well balanced romantic drama. The movie has a good balance between family tragedy of a horrific car accident and teen romance of young love. Also the theme of music is well shared between classical cello and Pacific Northwest rock band. The romance is a convincing tale

  • not too passionate for their age but with the real problems of


differing paths and East Coast (Juillard) vs West Coast (rock band). This is a problem that face many couples and it's good to see proper issues as the problem instead of trumped up melodrama. The story felt more real than "The Fault in Our Stars" and less sentimental too. In fact although the tale is a sad one, it's the best of the recent teen based romance movies far better than "The Giver".

Chloe Grace Moretz proves she can do anything from horror (Carrie) to action (Kick Ass) to moving romantic drama. Her face is sensitive and expressive. Even though she is very pretty she is such a good actress she can still pull off the shy musical prodigy without being fake. Her love interest is played by Jamie Blackley who does a good job without overacting. He isn't too good looking so it's a believable romance. The ex rocker type parents seem like they couldn't have had such a beautiful daughter but never mind. Stacy Keach is surprisingly effective as her grandfather.

Well done - moving, involving, rings true.


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