Senior Year (2022) ending explained – what happens to Stephanie after graduation?

By Jacob Throneberry
Published: May 13, 2022
Netflix film Senior Year (2022) ending explained

This article discusses the ending to the Netflix film Senior Year (2022) and will contain spoilers. 

Netflix comedy Senior Year ends, like most high school films, at graduation. Stephanie, after 20 years, is finally able to graduate from high school alongside her friends new and old. What starts as normal graduation quickly changes into the cheer routine that Stephanie created, and the one that ultimately put her in the coma in the first place — luckily she recorded it for the “Harding Archives.”

This routine was put together by Seth, Martha, and the rest of the 2022 Harding Cheer Squad, along with a few more additions. As Stephanie notices the routine she jumps back in like it was only yesterday — for her it practically was — and performs the routine flawlessly. When it comes to the big finish, the one that put her in a coma in the first place, she manages to stick the landing and thus have the perfect ending she had always dreamed of. That is except for the perfect guy, which mere moments after the routine was over she is approached by Seth who finally asks Stephanie out.

Netflix film Senior Year (2022) ending explained

The ending of this film is an uplifting one that shows you that a perfect life isn’t one you strive for, it’s one you let happen naturally. Things change and people change too, but only when you let the people that want to be in your life in, then can you truly have a perfect life. After talking to her childhood idol Deanna Russo (Alicia Silverstone), Stephanie realizes that her perfect life isn’t about the things she has, but the people and the life she makes.

It is never quite confirmed or alluded to as to what Stephanie will pursue in the future. She does still have her social media following, and now with a High School diploma, she has the option to go to College as well. Whatever it may be, at least Stephanie will finally get the chance to live all the years she missed.

Also, stay tuned throughout the credits as there are fun scenes with the cast and crew spliced in!

What did you think of the Netflix film Senior Year (2022) and the ending? Comment below. 

You can watch this film with a subscription to Netflix. 

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