The Diary of A Teenage Girl

The Diary of A Teenage Girl

DVD - 2016
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Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's boyfriend, the handsomest man in the world, Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital
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video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 043396462816
043396468511

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Nursebob
Apr 16, 2019

No, Marielle Heller’s screen adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel is not a lurid potboiler about statutory rape and ruined lives but rather it traces the journey of one remarkable young woman as she manoeuvres her way through that emotional minefield called adolescence, and it does so with flashes of unexpected humour and a no-holds-barred candour sure to ruffle conservatives everywhere. Bel Powley’s pouty features and perpetual wide-eyed expressions perfectly capture the essence of what it means to be fifteen, horny, and awkward—her giggly girlish forays with best friend Kimmie offset beautifully by taped-recorded diary passages which transcend age and gender to stir up our own memories. Already a gifted artist, Minnie’s journey is punctuated by her Aline Kominsky-inspired ink drawings which Heller brings to animated life at just the right moments whether it be pre-coital butterflies scattering from her hair or an older, wiser Kaminsky offering up sage advice as she floats beside her down a busy street. Understandably, as this is told from the viewpoint of a teenaged girl just beginning to flex her sense of independence, the adults are more or less clueless with mom easing the pain of growing older with pot and partying and the boyfriend himself a bag of neuroses which only becomes apparent when he and Minnie drop LSD (she imagines herself flying, he sees monsters in the window). And Abby Wait, in a small but crucial role as Minnie’s younger bespectacled sister, is there to provide the innocence against which everyone else is measured. Kudos as well to the art, costume, and set design crews who evoke a hazy golden vision of disco era San Francisco that would make Armistead Maupin himself feel homesick. A disarmingly honest, semi-autobiographical memoir featuring a self-imagined heroine who is both resilient and terribly naïve—a brush with drug culture films like a nightmare and her skewed body image sounds all too familiar. Refusing to either pass judgement or edit itself, the movie’s carnal passages are unapologetic as Minnie experiments with her newfound sexuality (first as a failed panacea for loneliness then as a route to self discovery) and the personal growth which underpins it all unfolds naturally and without hyperbole. Refreshingly free of soapboxes, rhetoric, and bombast, this is a simple tale of one young female skipping and stumbling towards maturity and as such it provides a fine example of what feminist cinema can look like. It’s about bloody well time too!

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glenna14
Mar 26, 2019

She is 15. Her mother's boyfriend is in his 30's. They have a sexual relationship...WRONG.
I don't care if it was consensual this is statuary rape. I can't support sexual abuse. Stopped watching soon after I started it.

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SheAsh
Sep 30, 2018

I enjoyed the 1970's San Francisco setting. Wardrobe and set were excellent. The relationships between characters were awkward, addiction fueled and juvenile. This is what made for most of the story.
It's worth a watch, but not for the emotional delicate though.

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Les_J
Mar 13, 2018

was not offended by the plot, but from it being a boring movie.

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booksmile
Nov 07, 2017

That man is awful...she's a minor AND inexperienced! I stopped watching after just the beginning...

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BriRos
May 16, 2017

Disturbing movie, disturbing that some find it a great movie!

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miaone
Jan 24, 2017

Disgusting and creepy. Also, her fantasies seem much more of the type that adolescent guys have, not girls.

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HarmonyPeaceLove
Jan 12, 2017

Excellent movie but sad. Especially sad because a very young 15 year old teenage girl, Minnie, grows up fast learning the hard way about sex, drugs and what love means or doesn't mean. And she finds out she's not really able to trust anyone and feels so alone. I can really feel Her pain. Unfortunately her absent mother who is too busy being a party girl and a friend lets her immature, irresponsible boyfriend take her daughter out. And things escalate sextual and Minnie starts to feel she's in love with him. Unfortunately the boyfriend who acts more like a teen instead of an adult lets these sexual escapades continue. It's a coming of age for a young girl who learns too much too fast and had no good role models to guide her. It's an eye opener, I have a 12 yr old 👧 & 14 yr 👦. And these are important times to let them know about many issues

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Shellie1_us
Oct 22, 2016

Watched this movie to see Alexander Skarsgard, and he was looking fabulous.The movie graphically depicts the sexual awaking of a teenage girl. Her mother is a pretty immature woman, who is raising her daughters while indulging in wild parties,drugs, drinking. The daughter begins an affair with her mother's boyfriend Monroe. Her drug use, and sexual experimenting lead her to some poor choices, flunking school, almost prostituting herself for drugs, running away from home. Good acting, realistic time period. Amazing she survived to write graphic novels.

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Repeal_BillC_51
May 18, 2016

Wow, this film really made a great ice-breaker for broaching this topic with my suddenly feral step-daughter... Heh-heh, JUST KIDDING! Seriously, Bel Powley is fantastic and fascinating in the lead role in this frank and funny satire.

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Sep 30, 2018

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