Directed by: Michael Sucsy | 97 minutes | drama, fantasy | Actors: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Jeni Ross, Lucas Jade Zumann, Rory McDonald, Katie Douglas, Jacob Batalon, Ian Alexander, Sean Jones, Colin Ford, Jake Sim, Nicole Law, Karena Evans, Owen Teague, Hannah Alissa Richardson, Maria Bello, Michael Cram, Debby Ryan, Charles Vandervaart, Amanda Arcuri, Michael Lamport, Keana Bastidas, Martin Roach, Nneka Elliott, Jack Newman, Robinne Fanfair, Kevin Foy, Danielle Bourgon, Jake Robards, Jesse Adam Lowell, Deshay Padayachey, Rohan Mead , Tara Nicodemo
‘Every Day’, the film adaptation of David Levithan’s young adult book of the same name, is about two teenagers in love. Just like in most romantic young adults, a first love blossoms between Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) and A. Rhiannon is an ordinary girl that A falls in love with in one fell swoop. Only A knows that if he wakes up tomorrow, he will be a different person. A is not an ordinary boy (or girl) but an entity that wakes up every day in a different body. A small hitch that makes ‘Every Day’ not an everyday young adult.
What is very nice is that a narrator has not been chosen to introduce the film. This leaves some things to guess and the puzzle pieces slowly fall into place. This gives the film something very calm without being boring. Does the plot sound a bit sci-fi? Yes and no. Despite its supernatural approach, ‘Every Day’ is a true romantic film and certainly not a typical science fiction film. It is a nice smooth film about first loves and the little things to enjoy in life. The fact that one of the main characters is played by more than ten different actors makes it very surprising to watch.
A very clever choice has been made for all kinds of different bodies from all kinds of different backgrounds. This diversity almost automatically gives A’s role a kind of depth and versatility. Very logical of course, but also very interesting to see. Despite their diversity, the diverse palette of actors has found a very nice collective energy to portray one and the same person. As a result, you as a viewer fully agree that they have been taken over for one day by something or someone that they are not themselves. This also confirms once again that an actor’s background should not play a role at all when casting a role. But that aside.
‘Every Day’ is a soft and romantic film that on the one hand doesn’t stand out very much in the genre, but on the other hand very surprised by its interesting plot. A diverse cast of young talented actors gives the film something very pleasant to watch. That alone makes it worth watching.