“Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley shine” (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune) in this romantic film based on Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel. Seventeen-year-old Mia (Moretz) is a gifted musician with a bright future and an adoring boyfriend, Adam (Blackley). But when unexpected tragedy hits, everything changes for Mia in the blink of an eye and she finds herself caught between life and death. Over one fateful day, Mia must make a final heart-wrenching decision that will determine her future: let go and move on to whatever comes next…or stay with the love of her life. Join Mia’s emotionally powerful journey as she makes the ultimate choice.
**Audio Commentary by R.J. Cutler and Alison Greenspan
**Music Commentary by R.J. Cutler
**"Never Coming Down" Music Video
Cast & Crew
For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.
[Moretz's] grounded, naturalistic presence goes a long way toward making mushy material palatable.
Moretz has a nicely calibrated energy and intensity, and the teen romance ups-and-downs of Mia and Adam's relationship - are they really soul mates, or will he drop her when the right groupie shambles along? - feel authentically OMG-ish.
"If I Stay" shuttles between lachrymose developments at the hospital and a series of flashbacks that detail the Mia-Adam relationship. Not surprisingly, the romance is where you want to be.
A cleanly directed, credibly acted machine for the production of tears.
If you're not in tears by this movie's end, it probably wasn't intended for you anyway.
It's a tough balancing act melding dewy-eyed teen romance with family tragedy, and harder still to weave in rousing rock performances and gorgeous classical music. If I Stay ambitiously tries to fuse it all and occasionally succeeds.