Director R.J. Cutler’s If I Stay is a bittersweet, but charming film about a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is in a coma, following a terrible auto accident involving her entire family.
Her out-of-body spirit wanders the corridors of the hospital in which her body lies as she reflects on the key incidents in her life and has to decide whether or not she will awaken or give up on life.
Though the film could have benefited from some pruning, especially near the end, it is a very effective tale which is well-produced and well-acted.
Moretz is one of my favorite young actresses and she does an admirable job in the main role, but the stand-out performance is by Mireille Enos, who has the role of her mother. Known for her role as the tough cop in TV’s The Killing, Enos has superbly transformed herself into a hippie mother, who provides the energy and humor in the film.
Women, especially those under 20, are advised to attend with plentiful supply of tissues.
I give If I Stay a 4 out of 5.