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Puberty Blues (1981)

Puberty Blues

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Director Bruce Beresford continued his tradition of putting socially disenfranchised characters front and center with this wryly observant comedy drama about middle class Australian teens that served as a stark contrast to the popular American teen films of its day. Friends from the Sydney suburb of Cronulla, Debbie (Nell Schofield) and Sue (Jad Capelja) are a pair of average schoolgirls who smoke, drink, have sex, and cheat on exams. The girls are also striving to become "surfie chicks," the groupies that hang around the surfer boy gangs of southern Sydney, pairing off with the objects of their affection. Adhering to odd rules that prevent them from eating or going to the bathroom in the surfers' presence, the girls get into trouble for their wild behavior, with Debbie eventually fearing that she's pregnant, leading to a fatal overdose of heroin for her boyfriend Garry (Geoff Rhoe). Ultimately, Debbie and Sue become disillusioned with the sexism and narrow-mindedness of their crowd. Puberty Blues (1981) was based on the book of the same name by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, a pair of real-life Sydney teens who wrote newspaper articles under the pseudonym "The Salami Sisters." ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Margaret Kelly, Gabrielle Carey, Kathy Lette
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Runtime:
Universal Classics

Cast

Ned Lander
as Strach
Kirrily Nolan
as Mrs. Vickers
Alan Cassell
as Mr. Vickers
Rowena Wallace
as Mrs. Knight
Pamela Gibbons
as Jazz ballet teacher
Brian Harrison
as Mr. Little
Andrew Martin
as Berkhoff
Brian Anderson
as Drive-in Attendent
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Critic Reviews for Puberty Blues

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Examines the quest of popularity by teenagers as proof of self-worth

Full Review… | July 23, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

July 25, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | November 1, 2004
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for Puberty Blues

Watching this film just makes me think thank Christ I was an unpopular teenager. Being in the in group could surely not be worth what these girls go through!
A true to life Aussie classic that I first saw in my teens and many times since. Still relevant to teens today although I sure hope things have changed (doubt it). The new tv series based on this is also good, but this is the original and best.
What girls will put up with to get a boyfriend!

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A slow, boring, semi-documentary of teenagers in Australia. Nothing really happens until the end, and that was so annoying. I didn't care for this movie, and I don't recommend seeing this movie.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

I will preface this review by saying that this movie was not horrible. First of all, this film is more of a biography/documentary of daily teenage girl life in Australia. If you think that would make for a good movie, go ahead and see this movie. If not, read on. Second, this movie is boring. There is little in the way of an actual plot or story, and that made it pretty boring. Lastly, the ending is good, but I don't think it's a good idea to make the audience wait over an hour or longer for something that could have happened much earlier in the film. Anyway, I wont recommend this movie, but I wont tell you not to watch it either. If you are really a fan of serious drama, you may enjoy this.

The80sExpert
Lisa Spader

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