God Help the Girl

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While it may strike harder-hearted viewers as excessively twee, God Help the Girl floats by on its sweet charm and talented cast.



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In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was between records and tours as lead singer of Belle & Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance. (c) Amplify

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Critic Reviews for God Help the Girl

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  • God Help the Girl is about aspirations and goals, musical or otherwise. Murdoch is working some things out here, gracefully on the whole.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Girl" meanders narratively and with random chronology ...

    Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie is like a milk shake so sweet that you want to keep drinking, even as you begin to gag.

    Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's adorable. It's also very thin.

    Sep 18, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Browning, staring down the camera and singing up a storm, brings buckets of soulfulness to a script that might not be terribly deep.

    Sep 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At 90 minutes, this material might have sped through. Coming closer to two hours, it drags.

    Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for God Help the Girl

  • Apr 29, 2015
    Belle and Sebastian's songs highlight this story about a depressed woman who forms a band with a quirky hipster. Tonally inconsistent, God Help the Girl splits its personality from a so-quirky-it's-sweet love-ish story to a sad tale about a woman's struggle with mental illness. It is as though director Stuart Murdoch couldn't figure out what story to craft with the assortment of songs. Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, and Skins and Game of Thrones alum, the ever-delightful Hannah Murray all give hipster-cute performances that should be in a different movie, one that actually takes advantage of their charms. Overall, if you're tired of the hipster aesthetic, you should see the opposite of this film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2014
    Liked this. Not my usual thing at all, being a musical, but most of the songs are good and I liked the style of the whole movie. I think I would wear just about everything Emily wears here! It maybe could have been slightly shorter, and Cassie's voice irritated me, but mostly good.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2014
    An Interesting British musical about a teenager with an eating disorder who struggles to make friends and lives for music. Exceedingly catch songs and a great cast make this worth seeing.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2014
    A charming little british musical backed by hypnotic tracks and gorgeous cinematography. God Help The Girl feels like a classic movie, the upbeat energy contrasting the characters' struggles in the film carried it gracefully. The movie has it's faults but none is too distracting to overshadow the story. Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut is not that bad, I'm excited for what the future holds for him as a director.
    Chris H Super Reviewer

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