Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

     This film is based on a novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.  Minnie is a teen girl and artist living in San Francisco of 1976.  Minnie’s drawings are very good and she would like to somehow make a living with her art.  Her mother has a small role in her life, she cares but sometimes it’s hard to see that emotion.  She has a full time job and she is raising two daughters alone.  Minnie’s stepfather is humorous and he is also caring but he doesn’t know what is going on in the family.  Minnie begins an affair with her mother’s boyfriend Monroe and he is in his 30’s.  She's hoping to keep this information from her mother.
     Everything in this film is from Minnie’s perspective.   She is searching for her place in the world and she gets caught up in the attention she receives from Monroe.  It’s hard to be a teenager overwhelmed by emotions, everything is in the moment and life-or-death!!  She has growing up to do before she can make the right choices and she needs other people not force their options on her.  3* (This movie is OK)

102 min, Drama directed by Marielle Heller with Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Abby Wait, Willie, Miranda Bailey, Carson D. Mell. John Parsons, Madeleine Waters, Austin Lyon, Quinn Nage, Davy Clements.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 93% critic 75% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*,
Special Note:  Filmed in San Francisco, Alameda, Oakland, California.   Scenes with Minnie and Kimmie at a bar was filmed at The Alley, a piano bar in Oakland.  The cast and crew had their wrap party and the same location.

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