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Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 March 2008 (Australia)
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A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

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This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from her Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni.., the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes away from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni's far breezier and super-hip single mom Mary and attend Sunni's forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes to fit in you need to stand out.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking | See all certifications »

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20 March 2008 (Australia)  »

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Czesc, jestem Esther  »

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Budget:

AUD 6,000,000 (estimated)

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$341 (USA) (4 June 2010)

Gross:

$7,745 (USA) (4 June 2010)
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Keisha Castle-Hughes was pregnant during filming. See more »

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When Jacob and Esther are pretending to be their parents at the dining table and Jacob slides the salt and pepper towards Esther, in the next shot the salt and pepper are seen passing each other going in different directions. See more »

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[Esther meets Sunni outside her house while escaping from her Bat Mitzvah party]
Sunni: Hi Cinderella, you forgot something.
[walks to Esther and hands her back her shoe]
Sunni: Nice outfit.
Esther Blueburger: This is how you think? It's brand new. Do you like it?
Sunni: No.
Esther Blueburger: My mum made me wear it.
Sunni: And the tie?
Esther Blueburger: My dad made me wear it.
Sunni: You do everything Mummy and Daddy say?
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Don't You Think It's Time
Written by K. Mitchell
Performed by Bob Evans
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amazing
23 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie was brilliant! I think what deterred some of the other reviewers here was that they thought it was a children's movie. While it does have 13 year-old girls as the centre characters, trying to fit in and grow up in and out of their school lives, it is definitely not for children.

Believe it or not, I found peculiar things like social-economics to be key parts, as the difference between Sunni and Esther is never looked at directly, but determines Sunni's character and her upset with Esther. It also looks at different types of friendships, family religion and the way we lash out at people for trivial things like *we* having hurt *them*.

I didn't realise it was one of those movies that you either love or hate, but perhaps it is. A must-see, though if you're expecting a light-hearted comedy simply about fitting in, you'll be surprised - it goes into so much more depth than that


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