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Puberty Blues (1981)

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The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jad Capelja ...
Geoff Rhoe ...
Tony Hughes ...
Sandy Paul ...
Leander Brett ...
Jay Hackett ...
Ned Lander ...
Joanne Olsen ...
Julie Medana ...
Michael Shearman ...
Dean Dunstone ...
Tina Robinson Hansen ...
Freda (as Tina Robinson)
Nerida Clark ...
Kirrily Nolan ...
Mrs. Vickers


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 <>

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surfing | sex | teacher | blonde | nightclub | See more »


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


Comedy | Drama


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10 December 1981 (Australia)  »

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The director Bruce Beresford stepped on a sea urchin while filming. Luckily it was not poisonous. See more »


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


Debbie Vickers: Oh, god. Do I look alright?
Tracy: Rootable.
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References Times Square (1980) See more »


Nobody Takes Me Seriously
Performed by Split Enz
Written by Tim Finn
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Real teen drama only rises to the average
3 February 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

On the surface, this film can be seen for what it is, a stark realization of teen angst in Cronulla, at the start of the eighties. Inseparable friends, Debbie and Sue, want to travel with the cool gang, but first must endure the humiliation and sucking up to get there. Granted, these scenarios were very real in that very real time. PB is a very realistic movie, with lot a laughable moments, because they're relatable. It also has one tragic moment too. PB is very entertaining, I must says and deals with real teen issues. But to be honest, I couldn't stand the guys of this popular group, more a bunch of rude surfie pigs, which to be part of em', guy or girl, wouldn't be worth the trouble. After all, I have my pride. In fact, they got more annoying, as the movie went on. The message sent here, is "be you for you are, and don't conform to fit in with others, while letting your real values or talents suffer". When the two girls finally excel in their tries of surfing, it's a morning of victory, despite some of the negative reactions from those pigs. Great opening wide shot of Cronulla beach, crawling with beachgoers, plus I like Bruce's meeting with Debbie's olds. Almost priceless, as also the interior walls of his panel van, filled with lewd pictures. Also, watch how quick it takes for a whole cake to go off, when devoured by those thankless pigs. Very real performances that are in no way great, but convincing, the older veteran stars better. Much alike, FJ Holden you could say, that should of also spawned a t.v. show, but this movie is too basic, and simplistic, especially if viewing it, in today's times, with not the most original dialogue.

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