Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)




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Movie Info

Two girls swap schools and experience some unexpected ups and downs in this coming-of-age comedy from Australia. Thirteen-year-old Esther Blueburger (Danielle Catanzariti) is a geeky misfit attending an upscale private school for girls, where she blends with the rest of the students like oil and water. Esther's parents, Grace (Essie Davis) and Osmond (Russell Dykstra), have little concern for or understanding of her problems, and they're far more interested in her twin brother, Jacob (Christian … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cathy Randall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Monterey Media - Official Site


as Esther Blueburger

as Grace Blueburger

as Jacob Blueberger

as Osmond Blueberger

as Ribbon 1/Missy

as Ribbon 2/Lissy

as Ribbon 3/Demi

as Ribbon 4/Sienna

as Ribbon 5/Prudence

as Perfect/Cynthia

as Mrs. Rosen

as Mrs. Silverman

as Mrs. Fleisher

as Miss Koolkats

as Psychiatrist

as Music Teacher

as Sales Assistant

as Science Teacher

as Mr. Hooper

as Sunni's Grandmother

as Sunni's Grandfather

as Policewoman
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Critic Reviews for Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Hey, hey, we get it already.

Full Review… | July 2, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The sometimes strained efforts at quirky humour and the more melodramatic moments in the later scenes can feel like they belong in different movies altogether.

Full Review… | July 1, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The filmmaker's overreliance on oddball characterizations and easy-bake kookiness often derails her seemingly loftier intentions.

Full Review… | June 10, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Comic potential is frittered away by lazy plotting that requires Esther to jump through only the most perfunctory of hoops while hiding the secret from her family.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Top Critic

Appearances by Toni Collette and Whale Rider's Keisha Castle-Hughes should draw a few curious parents to what is, most of the time, a quirky and quite enjoyable coming of age saga.

Full Review… | April 23, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger

Slow to get into, and not overy realistic, but it is quite a sweet film. If you're looking for a more realistic bullied teen film, I would recommend Welcome to the Dollhouse. I just didn't buy that the "cool" girl would find this kid amusing and take her under her wing as she does.
*********i just rewatched this a few years later. Actually, I picked up an ex rental for $2. What can I say, I'll be donating it back to the Sammy's shortly.
Original review stands, yes, it is sweet, and the cast are good, but it's wholly unconvincing, more so the second time around, and if I never have to hear that Blueberger "poem" - not once, but twice - I will be quite happy. It really is ridiculous and makes Esther seem like she is special needs. Yet we are supposed to think the cool kids admire that. Yeah right.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


hmmm. It had its moments, I guess...hence the extra half star.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Esther Blueburger, played by brilliantly newcomer Danielle Catanzariti, is a funny Aussie character I've seen since Josie Alibrandi in Looking for Alibrandi. Keisha Castle-Hughes does a good supporting performance as Esther's new rebellious friend, I was awake she has grown as a teenage since 2002's Whale Rider.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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