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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)

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$7,745 (USA) (4 June 2010)
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Mary, Sunni and Esther watch an animated film called "Fritz Gets Rich', made by The People's Republic of Animation, on television. 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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Be A Woman
Written by Dave Faulkner (as D. Faulkner)
Performed by Persian Rugs
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The story of 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.
18 March 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Esther Blueburger's (Danielle Catanzariti) quest begins when she escapes from her Bar Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni (Keisha Castle-Hughes), the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes AWOL from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni's far breezier and super-hip single mum Mary (Toni Collette) and attend Sunni's forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.

Finally, here is an intelligent film for teenage girls! This film manages to be funny and uplifting while exploring some more serious themes, of family and peer relationships. The scriptwriter and director, Cathy Randall, and the star, Danielle Catanzariti are new talents and people to watch in the next generation of Australian film. Congratulations to all involved!


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