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The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Boldly unconventional and refreshingly honest, Diary of a Teenage Girl is a frank coming-of-age story that addresses its themes -- and its protagonist -- without judgment.

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Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. (C) Sony Classics
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R (for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking- all involving teens)
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Drama
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Cast

Bel Powley
as Minnie Goetze
Alexander Skarsgård
as Monroe Rutherford
Kristen Wiig
as Charlotte
Abby Wait
as Gretel
Quinn Nagle
as Chuck
Austin Lyon
as Ricky
Giovanni Miller
as Highschool Classmate
Samantha Hyde
as High School Student
David Fine
as Old Hippie
Natalie Stephany Aguilar
as Classmate/School Girl
Drew Benda
as Dive Bar Patron
Robert Cure
as Bartender
Charles Lewis III
as Cool English Teacher
Carole Morey
as Student
Alex Szoenyi
as Comic Book Store Patron
Shruti Tewari
as Charlotte's Friend
Tuesday Thomas
as Prostitute
Etienne Vick
as Bar Patron
Mike Whitaker
as Bar Patron
Steven Wiig
as Streetcar Rider
Yvonne Zarathustra
as Bar Patron
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Powerful, exhausting, ecstatic, twisted and unerringly honest, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is a rare film indeed, a look at a young girl's messy coming of age told completely from the young girl's point of view.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Writer/director Marielle Heller, in her captivating debut film "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," hits exactly the right tone for a complicated balancing act, and for a film that could very easily have gone wrong.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Seattle Times
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"The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is a breakthrough moment in the culture in that it depicts youthful female sexuality ... not just with the unapologetic frankness the boys usually get, but with an awareness of all the places a girl's urges will take her ...

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

An honest and personal and unblurred examination (even through that druggy blur) of a tricky voyage into womanhood.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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"The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is as rewarding as it is squirm-inducing for its honesty, audacity and artful portrayal of adolescence from a girl's point of view.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Films often fail to capture the turmoil of being a teenager - but not this one.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Familiar coming of age story with more cringeable moments than the usual and a few wtf's. I liked the art parts and though some of it was slightly disturbing, it was well done.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Based off the novel of the same name, written by Phoebe Gloeckner, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is a very offbeat indie film about an 18-year-old girl who loses her virginity to her mother's new boyfriend. If that already sounds hard to watch for you, then I can tell you right now, this film is absolutely not for you. There are times where even the biggest of cinema fans may feel slightly awkward while viewing this picture. This film follows Minnie, who is an extreme introvert who will take on any situation as it presents itself. As she has very virginity stripped away, she continues to do so, becoming the school slut and following a path that pretty much very viewer will be against. Having a plot like that is very ballsy, as there is really no levity here. Is this a good film? Yes it is, but I found myself almost disliking it more than actually enjoying what was being presented to me. At a mere 102 minutes, I found myself checking my watch many times, as the film dives too far into sexuality to really grasp what this character is going through. There are many times (although Bel Powley does a great job of portraying her) that Minnie becomes very whiny and annoying. Again, this has nothing to do with the portrayal of the character, but more of the character herself. I found myself disliking every time she was on screen, which is 95% of the film. Due to the fact that this film feels very gross and drab, the simple camerawork and subtle visuals were really what stood out to me. Having her thoughts told through animations around her was very unique and that was easily my favorite part about this film. I understand that many girls have probably gone through a phase like this, and few have probably even gone this far or further, but for this particular character, I did not buy the arc she went through, because it felt incomplete and that she still has a very dark/sexual future ahead of her. With a very abrupt ending that leaves you wishing you had more, even though I did not want to see anymore, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is a very uncomfortable film to watch, but a very well-made one. This film may have not been my cup of tea, but I found myself believing the actions of Monroe (Minnie's mothers boyfriend) to be the most realistic, even though he is easily one of the sleaziest characters in the film. Kristen Wiig delivers a surprisingly great performance, but aside from shock value, her character does not do much here. In the end, I found myself admiring this film the entire way through, but it is very uncomfortable to sit through. With interesting visuals, a great cast, and a plot that definitely does what it sets out to do, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" is solid filmmaking, but nothing more in my opinion.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

In a culture obsessed with sex (and in handwringing denial of that obsession) (and particularly with young women) comes a solid look at one of the main underpinnings of America: a girl growing up in the middle of all that hoopla. Just an unflinching and eye-opening look from start to finish. And I did NOT want to watch, fearful of yet another of the myriad chick flicks populating the landscape: I was wrong. This is about our culture, our expectations, our humanity, yet seen through the eyes of a young woman coming of age. A step that had to be taken in the liberation of mankind from itself.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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