Director R.J. Cutler isn't all to blame, although so much of the interplay comes off as either forced or disingenuous. He fails to establish the rules of Mia's heightened state, granting her the ability to travel through time but forcing her to wait for doctors to open doors. Writer Shauna Cross doesn't exactly deliver a top script from the novel by Gayle Forman, relegating our actors to cheesy one-liners about love without really probing that connection beyond skin deep.
If I Stay is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material and has a runtime of 106 minutes.
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