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If I Stay is a 2014 American teen romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler and based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Gayle Forman.

The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, and Stacy Keach. It was released on August 22, 2014, grossing $78.9 million worldwide.


Mia Hall and her family are getting ready to go on with their normal day activities when it is announced on the radio that school has been canceled. Mia s father, Denny, is a teacher and as a result of the snow day does not have to go to work. Mia s mother, Kat, a travel agent, decides to call in sick and along with her family and Mia s brother Teddy so they can get on the road to visit Mia s grandparents, who live on a farm.

The story flashes back to Mia s early life with a rockstar father and an inexperienced mother, when one day they take Mia to a music class where Mia decides that she wants to start playing the cello. After her parents see that Mia is passionate about the cello, they hire a teacher to help her play. Kat is shown pregnant with Teddy, whom Mia thinks is the reason for her father s departure from his band.

Years later, an adolescent Mia is still passionate about the cello and is playing at school in the band room where Adam Wilde, a popular student and up-and-coming rockstar, peeks in on her playing. This leads him to ask Kim, Mia s best friend, about her. Adam then asks Mia out on a date to a cello recital, where they kiss.

The story flashes back to the present day, where the family is driving to the grandparents farm, before their car suddenly collides with an oncoming truck. Mia appears to have an out-of-body experience where she finds herself barefoot and sees her body lying on the road while paramedics are trying to help her and her family. Mia tries to ask a paramedic what is happening, but realizes that no one can see or hear her. Mia, now in the hospital, panics as she does not know the current status of any of her family members when they take her in for surgery. A sympathetic nurse, Nurse Ramirez, tells Mia—her physical body, not Mia s spirit, which apparently she cannot see either—that it is up to her whether or not she wants to stay.

The story flashes back once again to Mia attending one of Adam s concerts with his band Willamette Stone, where she does not seem to fit in. Adam s band is steadily gaining more recognition and gets signed to a label, which puts a strain on their relationship due to the travel schedule. While at dinner, Mia s grandpa suggests that she should apply to Juilliard, an idea which she initially rebuffs, but later further researches. She eventually lands an audition in San Francisco. It takes a while for Mia to tell Adam about her audition and when she does he becomes upset and leaves for a week-long gig.

In the present day, Mia undergoes surgery. She sees a doctor speaking with her grandparents who are standing outside of a pediatric room where Teddy lies in a coma-like state. Adam comes to the hospital to see Mia, but is not allowed in as he is not an immediate family member. It is then revealed that Kat was pronounced dead on arrival and Denny died on the operating table. She later finds out that Teddy has died from an epidural hematoma. Mia s grandfather George talks to Mia, revealing that when her father heard her playing cello one time, he decided to sacrifice his career knowing that she was talented, so quit his band, sold his drums, and bought her first cello. He also tearfully gives Mia permission to move on from this life if she wants, which influences Mia to decide that she wants to die so that she can join her family on the other side.

The story flashes back to Mia at her audition for Juilliard, where she plays the best she has ever played, leading her to think that if accepted, she would go. After a reconciliation with Adam, they talk about the huge possibility of her going to Juilliard, which ultimately leads to them breaking up and going their separate ways.

After some time, Mia seems stable enough to receive more visitors. Mia is shown symbolically about to let go when she hears the music performed at the cello recital that she attended with Adam. It is revealed that Adam has come to see Mia and that he is playing his iPod for her. He brings with him a letter Mia has received from Juilliard saying that she has been accepted and lets her know that he would do whatever she wants if she stays. He begins to play the song he has finally written about her. Mia, after flashing back through all the happy moments in her life, squeezes Adam s hand and opens her eyes. She sees Adam looking at her saying, Mia!


  • Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia Hall
  • Jamie Blackley as Adam Wilde
  • Mireille Enos as Kat Hall
  • Joshua Leonard as Denny Hall
  • Stacy Keach as George Hall
  • Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez
  • Lauren Lee Smith as Willow
  • Liana Liberato as Kim Schein
  • Aliyah O Brien as EMT
  • Jakob Davies as Teddy Hall


In December 2010, it was announced that a film based on the novel If I Stay was in the works at Summit Entertainment and that Dakota Fanning, Chloë Grace Moretz and Emily Browning were in talks to play Mia. Catherine Hardwicke was attached to direct, but was replaced by Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia, who also left the film later. On January 24, 2013, Moretz was officially cast to play the lead and R. J. Cutler was announced as the new director of the film. Trevor Smith was brought on as associate producer. The shooting of the film began on October 30 in Vancouver.

In January 2014, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. were announced to be distributing the film and the release was set for August 22.


The music was composed by Heitor Pereira. The soundtrack was released on August 19, 2014 by WaterTower Music. It peaked at number 54 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and number 77 in Australia.

Vancouver-based alternative rock band Hawking appeared in the film numerous times as Willamette Stone.

All the songs for Adam Wilde s band Willamette Stone, including the cover of The Smashing Pumpkins song Today , were produced by indie rock producer Adam Lasus.

If I Stay: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No. Title Artist Length
1. Who Needs You The Orwells 3:19
2. Until We Get There Lucius 3:28
3. I Want What You Have Willamette Stone 3:30
4. All of Me Tanlines 3:50
5. Promise Ben Howard 6:21
6. Never Coming Down Willamette Stone 3:23
7. Halo Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson 3:52
8. I Will Be There Odessa 4:35
9. Mind Willamette Stone 3:13
10. Morning Beck 5:22
11. I Never Wanted to Go Willamette Stone 3:33
12. Karen Revisited Sonic Youth 11:12
13. Today Willamette Stone 2:42
14. Heart Like Yours Willamette Stone 3:20
15. Heal (If I Stay version) Tom Odell 3:13
16. Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: Prelude (deluxe edition bonus track) Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach 2:58
17. Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 33 (deluxe edition bonus track) Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns 1:20
18. Sonata in B Minor for Solo Cello, op. 8 (deluxe edition bonus track) Alisa Weilerstein (composed by Zoltán Kodály) 3:46
Total length: 72:57


Box office

As of November 20, 2014, If I Stay has grossed a worldwide total of $78,396,071 against a budget of $11 million.

If I Stay opened at #3 to 2,907 locations in North America behind Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which were in their fourth and third weeks respectively. On its opening day the film earned $6,827,007 earning it the top spot for the day.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 35%, based on 142 reviews with an average score of 4.92/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Although Chloë Grace Moretz gives it her all and the story adds an intriguing supernatural twist to its melodramatic young adult framework, If I Stay is ultimately more manipulative than moving . On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 46 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews .

In his review for The New York Times, A.O. Scott praised Moretz s acting. He added that the music is both the best and the corniest part of If I Stay, which makes excellent use of the classical cello repertoire. Writing for Variety, Justin Chang criticized Moretz s acting, explaining that she comes off as a bit too self-assured to play the nerdy misfit. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker wrote a critical review of the movie, saying, The saddest thing about If I Stay is that it affords Moretz so little opportunity to be non-sad. In the Los Angeles Times, Olivier Gettell summed up that critics saw the film was clunky and uninspired.


Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
People s Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic Movie Nominated
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Chloë Grace Moretz Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Drama Won
Choice Movie Actress: Drama Chloë Grace Moretz Won

Home media

If I Stay was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18, 2014 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (under license from MGM).

Year 2014
ReleaseDate 2014-08-22
RuntimeMins 107
RuntimeStr 1h 47min
Plot Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if…
Awards Awards, 3 wins & 1 nomination
Directors R.J. Cutler
Writers Shauna Cross, Gayle Forman
Stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley
Produced by John Carrafa,Denise Di Novi,Gayle Forman,Alison Greenspan,Chad Rothman,Trevor Smith,Brad Van Arragon
Music by Heitor Pereira
Cinematography by John de Borman
Film Editing by Keith Henderson
Casting By Ronna Kress
Production Design by Brent Thomas
Art Direction by Roxanne Methot
Set Decoration by Louise Roper
Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme
Makeup Department Jill Bailey,Anji Bemben,Tara Colledge,Jenine Lehfeldt,Lisa Love,Gina Sherritt,Fay von Schroeder
Production Management Jayne Armstrong,Michael Gazetas,Brad Van Arragon
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Paul Barry,Karin Behrenz,Alysse Leite-Rogers,Amanda Petura,Megan M. Shank
Art Department Trevor Belcourt,Teresa Brauer,Raedynn Bryce,Mark Chinque,Diana Conway,Grant Davey,Dylan Dowd,Jay Erickson,Michael Hauxwell,Patrick Jennings,Mario A. Jones,Shaun Labrie,Patrick Latarius,Elizabeth Mackinnon,Darren Moore,Vivien Nishi,Pat O Brien,Robert Pratt,Mike Reddy,Samantha Wohlwend,Patrick Zahorodniuk
Sound Department Deb Adair,Henry Auerbach,Wade Barnett,Javier Bennassar,Jo Caron,Derek Casari,Curt Cash,Shane Connelly,Lara Dale,Tim Dornberg,Christopher Eakins,Jesse Ehredt,Art Espinosa,Guy Francoeur,David Heckel,Justin Herman,Chris Higgins,Susan Kurtz,Matthew Labyorteaux,Tim Limer,Jon Lipman,Linda Ljoka,David Lucarelli,Travis MacKay,Peter Mulholland,Heidi Brook Myers,Jordan O Neill,Laurent Ouellette,A. Josh Reinhardt,Frank Sharp,Leslie Shatz,Elizabeth Swackhamer,Shane Sweet,Daisy Torme,Jesse Vilinsky,Ryan Young,Christopher Cleator
Special Effects by Tony Lazarowich,Kim Mortensen
Visual Effects by Frank Akrong,Jamie Baxter,Danny Braet,Steve Caldwell,Patrick Clancey,Dan Dixon,Mark Dornfeld,Stanislav Enilenis,Michele Ferrone,Adam Gass,Sean Gilhooly,Mikyoung Hahm,Kayla Huitema,Milton Muller,Aragon Pawson,Dale Pretorius,Mark Prusten,Kammie Rivera,Adam Stern,Jevon Tsen,Brent Veal
Stunts Scott J. Ateah,George Boutros,Heidi Ford,Kevin Haaland,Sylvesta Stuart,Owen Walstrom
Camera and Electrical Department Émile Azouri,Che Chomolok,Preston Cook,Bill Corbett,John de Borman,Robert DeVitt,Jake Drozdzenski,Doug Ede,Christian Elton,Doane Gregory,Dean Heselden,Lawrence S. James,Sean Kuzyk,Mark McIntosh,Steve McLean,Steve McLean,Austin Mollins,Jeff Plecas,Noor Razzak,Mark Roop,Warren Scott,Ian Seabrook,Peter Smith,Patrick Stepien,Mike Tanassee,John Trapman,Tracy Tyerman,Shai Vera,Pat Waller,Vanessa Wirth,Shea Young
Casting Department Michelle Allen,Patty Connolly,Hannah d Angerio,James Forsyth,Emma McKillop,Lori Peterson,Mark Sussman,Natalye Vivian
Costume and Wardrobe Department Jojo MacDowall,Laurel Morgan,Paula Munro,Paula Plachy,Jana Reidel
Editorial Department Romy Barber,Terry Dunn,David Feldman,Mike Grant,Danny Ho,Jake King,Kyle Lawrence,Curtis Lindersmith,Cody McDonald,Nick Oja,Mitch Paulson,Robert E. Phillips,Max Reisbaum,Sean Phillip Rowe,Laura Zempel
Location Management Michael Gazetas,Christin Lindgard,Christopher McDonell
Music Department Slamm Andrews,Alisha Bauer,James Berish,Chris Bleth,Linda Cohen,Gaz Coombes,Haigan Day,Victoria de la Vega,Leah Dennis,Tom Dobrzanski,Adam Lasus,Ryan MacMillan,Valerie Morehouse,Anthony Morelli,Elisa Pangsaeng,Tomas Peire,Heitor Pereira,Brett Pierce,Lucas Pimentel,Jay B. Richardson,Peter Rotter,Louie Schultz,Andrew Shulman,Willamette Stone,McNeil Taylor,Martin Tillman,Simon Tong,Seth Tsui,Sebastian Örnemark,Scottpatrick J. Sellitto
Script and Continuity Department Jessica Clothier
Transportation Department Chris Bradford,Chuck Greig,Bernhard Lachkovics,Dave Liboiron,Ross Martin,Lee Moors,Manfred Rossdeutscher
Additional Crew Danielle Amerian,Jackie Andrade,Debera Barager,Marc Borja,Edward Botham,Louise D. Bourassa,Shafik Chernovsky,Meghan Cirillo,Ali Claire,Kyle Cooper,Mary-Anne Crevier,Brianna Daku,Haigan Day,Justine Demoulin,Dale Fagan,Robert Farrell,Maureen Poon Fear,Katie Gallant,Meredith Garstin,Ty Gibson,Kevin Harding,Danny Ho,Dylan Jenkinson,Aisha Kelly,Faria Khan,Tessa Kovach,Ashley Kravitz,Muite Macharia,Brian Maxwell,Vanessa McDonald,Elizabeth McLaughlin,Hanna Menon,Stephan Miers,Peter Murray,Rick Nicholson,Resho Ollek,Mike Park,Brigitte Prochaska,Ryan Robertson,Marie-Alix Royer,Lynda Schmit,Joey Setter,David Sigurani,Lauren Stope,Laura Torrance,Juliana Wade,Marnice Wolfe,Rachel Ziegler
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Music
Companies DiNovi Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 6.7
ImDbRatingVotes 123168
MetacriticRating 46
Keywords out of body experience,coma,boyfriend girlfriend relationship,teenage girl,based on young adult novel