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Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

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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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Danielle Catanzariti ...
Cassandra Jinman ...
Talia Monaghan ...
Ribbon 1 / Missy
Yen Yen Stender ...
Ribbon 2 / Lissy
Laura Kettle ...
Ribbon 3 / Demi
Lucy Carey ...
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Tisha Adey ...
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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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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Sunni: This party's getting boring.
[stood up and leaves]
Sunni: Let's go!
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House of the Rising Sun
Traditional, arranged by Gary Gross
Performed by Annesley College, Adelaide
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Classic coming of age film that everyone can relate to
9 March 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hey Hey it's Esther Blueburger is a cool flick telling the story of a young teenage girl's attempts to fit in. Esther, played wonderfully by the pixie like Danielle Cantanzariti, is trapped in a life of non-recognition by an idiosyncratic family and the lonely side of classic school yard tribal exclusion that everyone has experienced.

After befriending local girl Sunni, (Keisha Castle Hughes of Whale Rider fame), Blueburger begins a double life that is both laugh out loud funny and touching as she looks for her place in the world.

I saw Danielle & Keisha at the Sydney premiere and they are even cuter in person than on film. Danielle, although diminutive in size, projects large on screen & Keisha has a certain star power, especially on camera, which is undeniable. It's amazing that both Keisha (in Whale Rider) and Danielle in 'Esther' have been plucked from obscurity to give such fantastic debut performances especially seeing as both were in their early teens at the time. They are supported ably by their on screen parents (Essie Davis & Russell Dykstra) and Sunni's mum, Toni Colette who plays a character which is the anti-thesis of Esther's 'normal' parents, a source of fascination & enchantment for Esther.

There's something about wanting to be in with the cool kids and the lengths we go to to do that that we all recognise. It's part of growing up and becoming the person you are. That's what makes this film funny, beautiful, and sad at the same time.

This is an excellent film by first time writer & director Cathy Randall & I loved it. It's great to see talented writers and film-makers in Australia being given a chance & supported in an industry where much talent goes unnoticed and is usually substituted for 'celebrity'. It's definitely one of the better films to come out of Australia in recent years. Do yourself a favour and see this film. It's definitely not 'normal'!


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