ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES: (2020 on Netflix) Elle Fanning was a 3-year-old girl when we saw her in the movie I Am Sam in 2001. Then, she played the younger version of her sister, Dakota. Now, she is a 21-year-old woman who can convincingly play a teen, Violet. That is what she does in All The Bright Places. Violet’s sister died in a car accident three months ago, but she is still grieving the loss of her “best friend.” When the movie opens, we see Finch (Justice Smith) out for a run when he sees Violet standing on the railing of a bridge. He recognizes her as a classmate and decides to intervene. Finch is known in their high school as the “Freak,” because he has episodes of violence. Violet is one of the “in crowd,” and she resists Finch’s obvious charm, but when they are paired on a class project, she warms to him. Fanning and Smith have terrific chemistry and are wonderful in this surprisingly dark teen comedy. She tells Finch that her sister, Eleanor, did not like to read, but she had a favorite poet, and she often used a quote from one of his poems--“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Finch has his own scars of the past and as they as they become closer and begin to share their stories, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. The film is based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven. The critics were lukewarm on this film and so were audiences. One critic on Rotten Tomatoes said that she thought the movie “glorified teen suicide.” We don’t agree with her but the sad ending of the movie, I suspect, turned some people off. All the critics, though, praised Fanning and Smith for their convincing portrait of young love, and we agree that without their skill, the movie would be too dark. GRADE B+