"I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until I finally became that person. Or he became me."

That classic Cary Grant quote is the perfect fit for Dear Evan Hansen; a musical drama that tackles the toughest of subjects and has as much for parents as it does for teenagers trying to find their way in the world. You may well have something in your eye long before the end.

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Reprising his award-winning Broadway role, Ben Platt plays the young man of the title whose entire sense of self is undermined by anxiety and a pathological desire to please.

When fellow student Connor (Colton Ryan) dies tragically, a misunderstanding spirals and sees Evan become an anchor for the grieving parents and sister (Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Kaitlyn Dever) - his immaturity getting the better of him as he moulds himself around them and his newfound status. The bigger the lie, the more you have to keep lying.

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Two things are true at once here: Platt is now too old for the role he made his own - but he also does an excellent job. How much you buy into Dear Evan Hansen may depend on how willing you are to see a man - Platt was 27 while filming - playing a boy. If you can accept that, then you will find sadness, solace and inspiration in this story about that certain age.

It's directed by Stephen Chbosky, the man who wrote teen bestseller The Perks of Being a Wallflower and then made the excellent adaptation. He says he returned to the coming-of-age world because this time he could also focus on the adults. In Amy Adams, Julianne Moore (as Evan's mother Heidi) and Danny Pino, he cast the perfect imperfect parents. There's also excellent work from Booksmart's Kaitlyn Dever and The Hate You Give's Amandla Stenberg. Everyone gets their moment in a film that is just a bit too long.

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Dear Evan Hansen manages to be heartbreaking and uplifting - sometimes in the same scene - as it explores who we are in our own heads and in the eyes of others. "Someday all of this will feel like a very long time ago," offers Moore - how we need to hear that right now.

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