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Puberty Blues (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 December 1981 (Australia)
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The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.

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Julie Medana ...
Kim
Michael Shearman ...
Glenn
Dean Dunstone ...
Seagull
Tina Robinson Hansen ...
Freda (as Tina Robinson)
Nerida Clark ...
Carol
Kirrily Nolan ...
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Meet Sue, a teenage Australian girl in the late 70s, whose life mainly consists of doing what everyone else does - watch the surfing boys and have sex with the same surfing boys. The girls have to follow lots of strange customs, e.g. do not eat or go to the bathroom when a boy is around. Ugly girls have two choices - being bitches and hate boys, or being generally cheap and looked down upon by everyone. The afternoons are spent on the beaches, in the backseats of car or at home-alone-parties where sex and alcohol are the main ingredients. Parents and teachers are trying to straighten the kids out, but that is not easy. Written by Rune Dahl Fitjar <rfitjar@online.no>

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The coolest things to do are the things they say we can't do.

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Comedy | Drama

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10 December 1981 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Al diablo con la virginidad  »

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This 1981 cinema movie spurred a television series of the same Puberty Blues (2012) name which was made and first broadcast thirty-one years later in 2012. See more »

Goofs

Debbie's hair changes length throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Debbie Vickers: [during attempted sex] It's hurting.
Bruce: Keep still.
Debbie Vickers: Ow! Oh. It's no use. It's too big.
Bruce: Shit.
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References Times Square (1980) See more »

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Lipstick and Leather
Performed by The Breakers
Written by Kim Fowley and Jim Manzie (as James Manzie)
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11 March 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews



Unintentionally hilarious? Well sometimes yes, but it's also a film that deserves to be more than just "forgotten" Why? because it depicts, in a fairly accurate manner, a slice of Australian culture from the 1970's. Based on the book of the same name by Kathy Lette & Gabrielle Carey, it's the story of two teenage girls growing up near the beachside suburb of Cronulla. Watching the film today, you wish that the characters weren't so one-dimensional, and that a more balanced view of society wasn't shown, but this is the girls' story & it's told from their perspective. Anyone who lived near a beach or even just went to school in Australia around that time can surely recognise some of the scenes depicted. Other people may be merely baffled however, as films with a strong cultural relevance sometimes have little or no meaning to outsiders. Good or bad though, this is not an Australian film to simply dismissed.


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