CHARACTER: Samantha Kingston
DIRECTED BY: Ry Russo-Young
SCREENPLAY BY: Maria Maggenti
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY: Lauren Oliver
PRODUCED BY: Matthew Kaplan, Brian Robbins, Jonathan Shestack
GENRE: Drama | Mystery
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017
RUNTIME: 1 hour, 38 minutes
OTHER CAST: Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu
Before I Fall is a 2017 American drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Maria Maggenti, based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta and Elena Kampouris.
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her – before she runs out of time for good.
Quotes from Zoey
— First thoughts on Before I Fall
— On shooting the same day over and over
— On the message she hopes audiences take away from the movie
— On the movie having a female director, writer and author
— On the movie being centered around character development
— On how the movie help her reflect on her own life
— On if she ever questioned any of the characters choices after the movie
Reviews & Reception
Before I Fall received generally mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a rating of 67% based on 96 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Before I Fall’s familiar ingredients are enlivened by a fresh YA perspective and a strong performance from emerging star Zoey Deutch.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 58 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B” on an A+ to F scale.
Abbey Bender of Uproxx gave the film a generally positive review and praised Ry Russo-Young’s direction, noting: “Before I Fall ends disappointingly with a moment of sacrifice that feels too heavy handed. Along the way, though, there are plenty of scenes of compellingly lush nature and teenage girlhood.”
On January 20, 2017 Zoey and the Before I Fall cast made their debut at Sundance Film Festival, in Utah. The cast promoted the movie, which had its premiere at the festival the following day.
Public Appearances > 2017 > Variety Studio at Sundance – Day 1 (January 20)
Public Appearances > 2017 > Deadline Hollywood Studio at Sundance – Day 1 (January 20)
Public Appearances > 2017 > The IMDb Studio At The 2017 Sundance Film Festival (January 20)
Public Appearances > 2017 > AT&T At The Lift – Day 1 (January 20)
Public Appearances > 2017 > 2017 Sundance Film Festival: “Before I Fall” Premiere (January 21)
On February 10, 2017 Zoey began promoting Before I Fall. She attended a book signing at Barnes & Nobles with the cast on February 13, followed by the first screening of the movie in Los Angeles. The New York screening of Before I Fall happened on February 28, followed by its Los Angeles premiere on March 1.
Public Appearances > 2017 > “Before I Fall” Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica (February 13)
Public Appearances > 2017 > “Before I Fall” Los Angeles Screening (February 13)
Public Appearances > 2017 > “Before I Fall” New York Special Screening (February 28)
Public Appearances > 2017 > Premiere Of Open Road Films’ “Before I Fall” (March 1)
Zoey made a couple of TV and radio appearances, while promoting the movie. Bellow you will find a list of the appearances, followed by a direct link to photos and media.
February 27, 2017 — SiriusXM Studios > Photos
February 28, 2017 — TODAY Show > Photos | Watch
February 28, 2017 — The Late Show With Stephen Colbert > Photos | Watch