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Turn Me On, Dammit!

Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 1

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15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. Alma and her best friend Sara live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway called Skoddeheimen, a place they loathe so much that every time their school bus passes the sign that names it, they routinely flip it off. After Alma

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True, the film deals with sex. But at heart, it's really about romance.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The movie treats a girl's burgeoning sexuality as neither epic nor problematic, or mutually exclusive of feelings of love, but rather simply, refreshingly, as one part of maturing.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Teenage boys aren't alone in exploring their confused and unruly libidos. Girls go there, too. And when they do, it's no small thing.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"Turn Me On, Dammit!" is a rarity: a comedy about a teenage girl's budding sexuality, treated with wit and kindness.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A wry if saucily subversive charmer, based on a novel by Olaug Nilssen.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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For a genre dominated by American movies in which girls are usually prizes or objects of lust, Turn Me On, Dammit! practically feels revolutionary.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Still, Jacobsen has created a lightly enjoyable quirky, witty comedy which isn't equivocal. It breezes by because of its charming affable script.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
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Director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen competently captures the awkwardness we all felt as teens and it's made that much more impressive considering the majority of her cast had never set foot in front of a camera before.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

With a cast mainly of first-time movie actors, led by the endearing gamine Bergsholm, Jacobsen covers the familiar coming-of-age material from a fresh, engaging perspective.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

... a sweet, low-key film that observes the turmoil of adolescence from the knowing eye of adulthood...

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

[A]lmost shocking in how it depicts 15-year-old Alma's all-consuming confusion, anxiety, and sexual desperation: with a candid carnality the likes of which is de rigueur for the horny-boy subgenre...

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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There isn't much to [Alma's] story, but at 76 minutes, it breezes by as quickly as the changing of a teenager's moods.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

If you're up for its frankness, it's a funny and tender coming-of-age tale.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Teenage Alma takes on all of the taboos of Western sexuality in this delightful coming-of-age fairytale.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
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Audience Reviews for Turn Me On, Dammit!

Loved it. Just something about it is sweet, more than you would think from the subject matter. If it was american, would be as crude as all hell, but it just works. Cast are great.
October 10, 2013
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cute film, puts a smile on my face XD
February 9, 2013
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Veronique Kwak

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"Turn Me on, Dammit!" starts with 15-year old Alma(Helene Bergsholm) masturbating furiously to a telephone sex line. Luckily, she is able to compose herself before her mother(Henriette Steenstrup) returns home, even with the family dog needing psychological help to get certain images out of its head. Otherwise, Alma hangs out and drinks in the small Norwegian town where she lives with her friends Ingrid(Beate Stofring), who is hooked on lip gloss, and Sara(Malin Bjorhovde), who wants to work to eliminate the death penalty in Texas. And then there is the local dance where Alma encounters Artur(Matias Myren) who she pines for. That it does not go according to plan is an understatement, as Alma's troubles are only beginning when it gets out what does happen.

Aside from a great title, "Turn Me On, Dammit!" is a charming and winning movie that handles the sensitive topic of teen sexuality with humor and grace. The movie also pulls off the trickiness of Alma's fantasy life(not always heterosexual by the way), without thankfully trying to pull the rug out from the viewer. Of special notice is the film's maturity in subtly pointing out that it is okay for teens to think about sex, but please be patient when acting out on those desires with adulthood just around the corner. However, there is no age limit for saving the world, as Sara is proving with her cause. Even as the movie gets details of the downside of small town existence right, there is also enough beautiful scenery on hand that it could be inferred that Alma and her friends might be taking it all for granted.
April 30, 2012
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Walter M.

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On paper this sounded like a Norwegian "Welcome To The Dollhouse" but it's much more aimed at a teen audience. Norwegian teens seem a lot more advanced than most others though and this features copious masturbation, breast fondling, and even an erect penis. This in a movie whose characters are all fifteen! It will probably get the equivalent of an "R" rating everywhere outside Northern Europe which means it's target audience won't even hear about it.
Helene Bergsholm is brilliant in the lead role of a constantly horny teen, running up her mother's phone bill on sex lines and daydreaming about being ravished by every male she encounters. I wouldn't be surprised to see her break out into English language films in the future.
April 30, 2012
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