Plot: Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) is a high school student with a mostly normal life, a big sister who tolerates her, an overprotective mother, and a boyfriend, but she longs for more out of life. She is thrilled when her boyfriend Justin (Justice Smith) surprises her with a skip day excursion that has just what she needs, a real connection and Justin has never offered that before. But the next day, he has no memories of the day they spent together and is even upset with her, as skipping school made him miss practice and get into trouble. She is baffled by this, even more so when a stranger shows her attention at a party and she feels a strong connection to him, though she has never met his person before in her life. As it turns out, Justin wasn’t Justin when she had that special day with him, he was A. A is a soul that wakes up in a new person each day, spends 24 hours inside that life, then leaves to wake up in a new person. But is A telling the truth or is this all some kind of grand delusion?
Entertainment Value: Based on the popular young adult book of the same name, Every Day is a teen romance that has an interesting premise and some worthwhile social elements. Those social issues aren’t explored in depth, but Rhiannon’s open approach to love is admirable and stresses to focus on the person inside, rather than the superficial exterior aspects. A noble theme of course, even if the movie plays it safe with that and the other socially minded elements. I also appreciated that whichever performer is up as A, all of them are able to convey the persona of the wandering soul, which is crucial to how well the film works. The same presence, cadence, and mood remain intact, no matter which of the bodies A happens to be in. This helps the romance and general connection with Rhiannon plausible, which is impressive since the concept is a little out there. There some parts of the premise are a touch on the creepy side, but if you don’t dig too deep, it is an interesting, often sweet concept. So as long as you don’t expect great depth or earth shattering revelations, Every Day is a brisk watch that lets the colorful cast shine.
The cast in Every Day is an ensemble piece, though most embody the same character, our mystical soul A. As I said before, all of the performers convey the A vibe quite well and that is impressive, given the wide scope of stars involved. Angourie Rice has the true lead and she is a natural fit for this kind of role, as he has such a sweetness and kindness to her presence. Her wide eyes and big smile just light up the screen here, in a performance that is solid as far as teen romance pictures are concerned. I think she anchors the movie well and is able to carry good chemistry with of all her A costars, which is again not the easiest thing to do. I was glad to see Debby Ryan on the cast and while her role is small, she steals a few scenes. She plays a rough around the edges, but humorous big sister that adds some welcome snark to the otherwise sweet movie. Justice Smith and Maria Bello also have solid, prominent roles here.
The Disc: Every Day looks terrific in HD and the colorful, but natural visuals show high detail. Given how recent the movie is, that is not a real surprise, but I think fans will appreciate how great the movie looks here. The extras include interviews with the cast & crew, as well as some deleted scenes.