written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini .It is based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson. The film stars Asa Butterfield as Jude Keffy-Horn, the protagonist of the story.The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015.
limited release and through video on demand on August 14, 2015 by Screen Media Films .
Jude Keffy-Horn ( Asa Butterfield ) is a teenage boy who lives in Vermont with his adoptive mother, Harriet ( Julianne Nicholson ), and sister, Prudence ( Nadia Alexander ). Mixed up in the complicated world of drugs and alcohol, his best friend, Teddy ( Avan Jogia ), dies of a drug overdose on the last day of 1987 after Teddy, Jude and their new friend, Eliza ( Hailee Steinfeld ) from Manhattan spend the night out partying, leaving Jude devastated. Jude is eventually sent to Manhattan to reconnect with his father, Les ( Ethan Hawke ), and discovers kinship with Teddy's half-brother, Johnny ( Emile Hirsch ). He soon starts hanging out with Johnny's group of straight-edge friends, that have strict no-drugs, no-sex, no-meat, and no-alcohol rules, keeping Jude out of trouble for the first time in years. When he finds out that Eliza, who is also the daughter of Les' girlfriend, Di ( Emily Mortimer ), is pregnant with the child of deceased Teddy after an encounter on the night Teddy died, he and Johnny, along with Les, become Eliza's rock as she struggles through pregnancy so early on in life, and the three become a family of sorts, in hopes to raise the child together. Meanwhile, Di struggles with her relationship with Les, and Harriet struggles with the prospect of her growing children. It is a coming-of-age story following three messed up teenagers and their equally messed up parents in 1987, the age of CBGBs, yuppies, and gentrification that culminated in the Tompkins Square Park riots.