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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 ...
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Yen Yen Stender ...
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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)

Opening Weekend:

$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 »

Quotes

Osmond Blueburger: Do you want to grow up to be a criminal? Is that it? Do you want to land in jail?
Grace Blueburger: We are trying to understand you, Jacob. Why do you have to do things like that?
Jacob Blueburger: It was an accident.
Osmond Blueburger: How is that possible, to accidentally stab someone in the hand with a compass?
Jacob Blueburger: He called me a "dirty Jew."
Grace Blueburger: He called you what?
Jacob Blueburger: They're always making Jewish jokes.
Osmond Blueburger: Honestly, Jacob? Who are?
Jacob Blueburger: The kids. And the teachers.
Grace Blueburger: The teachers?
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Bar Mitzvah Medley
Traditional, arranged by Ilan Kidron and Glass
Performed by Ilan Kidron and Glass
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Great Flick
22 March 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent film, it was funny, sad, and at times dramatic, i loved this movie and Ester's little duck, i have the soundtrack and there isn't one song i don't like in it a truly great Australian film.

I could relate to Esther as i am a social outcast (however i have never wanted to fit in) like Esther wants to. The storyline was a little predictable but i didn't really care as i just love the feel good ending.

I enjoyed this movie and urge you to see it all the acting performances were excellent especially the first time actress Danielle Catanzariti who played Esther.

Loved it all the way if you are wondering if you should see it or not. See it!


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