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Working from a psychologically trite script by Michael Gilvary, director Nancy Bardawil gets largely good performances from her cast.
...[a] surprisingly engrossing character study.
Small screen hottie Hilary Duff moves on from her kid celebrity roots carved out on Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire, to not exactly Juno looking for lust here, but excelling in a vocal talent for snotty teen talk that's as anti-grownup as can be.
Misfires when it should've soared, and while Hilary Duff gives the role a forceful middle-finger twinkle, it's wasted on unsophisticated ABC Family leftovers.
One of the better roles i have seen Hilary Duff in. I was expecting just a nice teen type movie out of this, but it was a little darker than I expected, and deals with some serious issues. Of course it does not delve as deeply in as it could do, as I think they were still aiming at a teen audience here, and it does of course, tie up neatly by the end, which it probably wouldn't really in real life, but still quite a good film I think.
Rewatch 2017 - well, it's obvious I'm 10 years older than last time I watched this- it's still a good teen movie, and Hilary is fantastic as Greta, but wow she's hard to like. She's a rude, disrespectful little cow for most of this, and I was vouching for her grandparents to send her packing off home. Why should anyone put up with that in their own home, grandchild or no. Of course it's a movie, so there is redemption at the end and when you meet the mother, things become a little clearer. Unlike real life where many have the bad attitude without the dark past.
Cast: Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Murphy, Evan Ross, Melissa Leo, Maury Ginsberg, Vivan Dugré, Oren Skoog, Kelly Sullivan, Tsianina Joelson
Director: Nancy Bardawil
Summary: Dumped on her grandparents (Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy) for the summer by her indifferent mother (Melissa Leo), acerbic and self-destructive teenager Greta (Hilary Duff) disrupts the elderly couple's staid life on the Jersey Shore in this coming-of-age melodrama. But eventually, a romance with a charming short-order cook (Evan Ross) and the unconditional love of her grandparents help Zoe face down her demons.
My Thoughts: "The story-line was OK, and it dealt with some dark issues and had a pretty good cast (Melissa Leo and Ellen Burstyn). But my major issue, and maybe it's just me, was Hilary Duff as Greta. I just didn't think she pulled the role off. She just didn't do it for me. For me, she just didn't connect with the character Greta at all and was unbelievable in the role. She seemed to over act and that always hurts a scene and the film. When you see a film you don't want to see an actor try and act the part, you want to believe and feel they are the character. So it was a miss for me, but still worth taking a look at for the story-line."
Crash course with life and growing up... it was a pretty okay watch. Probably not a second-view type of film though.
A cute movie about a troubled girl who dreams about suicide and learns that her life is precious and valuable. A sweet movie that I enjoyed. Duff and Burstyn have great chemistry together!
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