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Every Day (2018)

Every Day (2018)

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Released 27-Jun-2018

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romance Deleted Scenes
Featurette-4 EPK
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2018
Running Time 93:23
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael Sucsy

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Angourie Rice
Justice Smith
Owen Teage
Debby Ryan
Maria Bello
Michael Cram
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI ? Music Elliott Wheeler

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Life for high school student Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) could be better; her father (Michael Cram) lost his job and now only paints faces and refuses to leave the house, her mother (Maria Bello) works two jobs and has little time for Rhiannon, her older sister Jolene (Debby Ryan) is manic and her boyfriend Justin (Justice Smith) takes her for granted and prefers to hang out with his mates. Then, one day, Justin is suddenly loving and attentive and he and Rhiannon skip class and spend a wonderful day together at the beach. The next day, however, he is back to his old, dismissive self and has little memory of the day before. Rhiannon is confused.

     Her confusion worsens when a new girl at school seems to know all about her day with Justin! As, over the next few days, do other, different, people who seek Rhiannon out. Rhiannon thinks it is all an elaborate joke, but it’s not. Each day a lost soul that calls itself simply A inhabits a different body for the day; each is a teenager but they can be male, female, white, black, Asian or Latino. A has no choice of the body; he / she is just that other person for the day, leaving them little memory of what happened. But now A has fallen in love with Rhiannon and each day, in whatever body, seeks to be with her. Rhiannon gradually comes to understand and accept this situation, especially since the day A inhabits Rhiannon’s body, and falls in love with A and ditches Justin. A figures out that he / she does not have to change bodies each day and for a while becomes Alexander (Owen Teage) so they do not have to look for each other every day. They are happy, but do they have the right to take over Alexander’s life and body in this way?

     Every Day is based on the novel by David Levithan and is directed by Michael Sucsy. The premise of the story is certainly weird and the film could have ended up as a silly teen comedy or a mawkish piece of teenage romance, but it doesn’t. Instead, using a clever script by Jesse Andrews and with a beautiful performance from Australian Angourie Rice, Every Day is a sweet but surprisingly layered and poignant story about identity, relationships, family, understanding who you are, equality and individuality.

     As A inhabits different bodies (and thus is played by different actors) it is Angourie Rice who carries the film. I enjoyed Rice in Jasper Jones and The Beguiled (both 2017) and she is currently to be seen in Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black. In Every Day her Rhiannon is a wonderful mix of naivety, youth, sweetness and resolve, effortless selling the plot of the film.

     Every Day is a surprise on a lot of levels. Every Day is funny without being awkward, romantic without being mawkish, with important themes delivered without preaching. It is innocent, sincere, thoughtful and never mean spirited, even to jerks like Justin. The ending is poignant yet resolves the dilemma of the characters in a simple and satisfying way. This is a film about young love that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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Transfer Quality


     The original theatrical aspect ratio of Every Day was 2.39:1 but this Region 4 DVD is cropped to 1.78:1 by Roadshow. The film is not an action movie but in this day there is no justification for any film not to be presented in its correct aspect ratio. Perhaps to add to the insult, the deleted scenes are presented in the correct ratio. One mark has been deducted from the score as per site policy.

     Otherwise, the print is acceptable. Close up detail is strong, the colours are bright and natural. Blacks are fine, shadow detail can be a bit indistinct. Skin tones are natural, brightness and contrast consistent. I noticed no marks or artefacts.

    The layer change is not noticeable.

    Large white English subtitles for the hearing impaired are available.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     Audio is English Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 Kbps while an English descriptive audio using a female voice is available in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 224 Kbps.

     The audio is front oriented with generally only music, cars driving past, thunder and rain or voices at the party or at school in the surrounds. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. I did not really notice much from the subwoofer except for the music, but nor was it needed. The original score by Elliott Wheeler was delicate; more obvious were the additional pop songs in the soundtrack by the likes of Future Islands, Younger, The The and Odesza.

     Lip synchronisation was fine.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



     These are four short EPK sections with film clips, a tiny bit of on-set footage and sound bite contributions from cast Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Maria Bello, Jacob Batalon and Owen Teague, director Michael Sucsy, author David Levithan and producer Anthony Bregman. There is no play all option so each short section has to be selected from the menu. The subject of each can be gleamed from the title:

Deleted Scenes (19:24)

    A decent collection of extended, deleted and alternative scenes. Some are quite interesting including scenes with Rev. Poole that open up a different plot possibility and a funny scene with Rhiannon in the cabin. The scene number and the title are given at the start of each:

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The US Region A Blu-ray of Every Day has the same extras as our Region 4 DVD so the DVD would not have any more. However, the US release is in the 2.35:1 widescreen ratio so I imagine the DVD is as well.


     I did not know what to expect from Every Day when I received it to review but I was very surprised at how good the film is. It is romantic, sweet, funny and thoughtful, very entertaining, has a wonderful Angourie Rice and it avoids the clichés of teen coming of age romances. Certainly, this is a film that deserves a wider audience.

     The video is, sadly, in the incorrect aspect ratio. The audio is fine, the extras, except for some interesting deleted scenes, fluff pieces.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Friday, September 21, 2018
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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