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According to Greta -- A young suicidal and rebellious teen gets sent to her grandparents for the summer where life takes an unexpected turn.
According to Greta -- A young suicidal and rebellious teen gets sent to stay with her grandparents for the summer, where her life takes an unexpected turn.


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  (in credits order)

Hilary Duff ... Greta

Evan Ross ... Julie

Michael Murphy ... Joseph

Ellen Burstyn ... Katherine

Melissa Leo ... Karen

Maury Ginsberg ... Lou

John Rothman ... Edgar

Sylvia Kauders ... Mrs. Wocheski

Oren Skoog ... Steve

Dave Shalansky ... Cable Guy

Vivan Dugré ... Donna
Gary Mottola ... Red Tie Bar Guy
Stuart Zagnit ... Man on Bus
Edward Lane ... Old Man (as Ed Lane)

Eric Sheffer Stevens ... Yellow Sweater Guy

Michael F. McGuirk ... Blue Shirt Guy (as Michael McGuirk)

Kelly Sullivan ... Tracy

Tsianina Joelson ... Stacy

Julian Joseph ... Kid
Daniel L. Robertson ... Kid

William Fowle ... Gerrard

Will MacAdam ... Milt
Gil Deeble ... Asbury Cop
Mark Havlis ... Neptune Cop

Frank Rodriguez ... Neptune Cop
Tim Gallin ... Brawler
Linton Alfred ... Brawler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Lee Robertson III ... Kid
Jason Acuna ... Restaurant customer (uncredited)

John Farrer ... Homeless Street Drunk (uncredited)
Mike Hurt ... (uncredited)

Robert Oppel ... Homeless Man (uncredited)
Paul Thornton ... Drunkard (uncredited)

Directed by
Nancy Bardawil 
Writing credits
Michael Gilvary (written by)

Produced by
Trent Broin .... co-producer
Hilary Duff .... executive producer
Vivan Dugré .... associate producer
Bert Kern .... associate producer
Jacob Mosler .... co-producer
Ryan Peterson .... co-executive producer
Valeska Ramet .... co-executive producer
Rick Rosenthal .... producer
Gary Dean Simpson .... producer
Douglas J. Sutherland .... producer
Christian von Tippelskirch .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
John Nordstrom  (as John E. Nordstrom)
Cinematography by
Michael Lohmann 
Film Editing by
Michelle Botticelli 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Shani Ginsberg 
Production Design by
Joshua Stricklin 
Art Direction by
Travis Zariwny 
Set Decoration by
Emily Dawson 
Costume Design by
Ligia Morris 
Makeup Department
Bert Reo Anderson .... hair stylist
Qodi Armstrong .... hair department head
Michelle Kearns .... key makeup artist
Tarsha Marshall .... assistant hair stylist
David Presto .... makeup artist
Thomas Smusz .... assistant hair stylist
Ande Yung .... assistant makeup artist (as Anne Kruglinski)
Production Management
Fran Giblin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Bauer .... first assistant director
Becky Chin .... second assistant director
Shea Farrell .... second second assistant director
Marco Londoner .... first assistant director: second unit
Cyndi Martin .... additional second second assistant director
Tony Phillippe .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Susan Evans .... key on-set dresser
Morgan Gillio .... property master
Duncan Johnson .... on-set dresser
Fry Karins .... camera scenic artist
James Obed .... leadman
Sound Department
Rob Embrey .... studio manager
Eric Gitelson .... adr engineer
Peter D. Lago .... foley editor
Maggie Malyn .... post-production sound coordinator
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Andrew Melnyk .... boom operator
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
David J. Schwartz .... sound mixer
Steven Utt .... sound recordist
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist
David Cole .... supervising digital colourist
Paul Hopkins .... digital compositor
Morgan McDermott .... digital compositor
Damian McDonnell .... digital colourist
Corinne Pooler .... executive visual effects producer: Digital Dream
Nabil Schiantarelli .... senior compositor
Eric Withee .... visual effects producer: Svengali FX
Chris Barnes .... marine coordinator
Chris Colombo .... assistant stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Donald John Hewitt .... stunt rigger
Terence Lorino .... water safety
Tina Mckissick .... stunt double: Hilary Duff
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunt doubled: Hilary Duff
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Ando .... camera operator
Adam Brown .... underwater assistant camera
Joseph Fittipaldi .... best boy electric
Mauricio Gallego .... electrician
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Matt Gulbin .... best boy grip
Vesa Holle .... additional electric
Matt Kessler .... epk videographer
Nick Maczka .... grip
Calvin Maehl .... gaffer
Dominic Mainl .... first assistant camera
Joe Mandeville .... grip
Timothy M. Mather .... dolly grip
Greg McMahon .... second assistant camera
Michael Mortell .... electrician
Angel Pacheco .... grip
Ray Richards .... generator operator
Che Roacher .... grip
Meg Schrock .... additional grip
Dan Smith .... first assistant camera
Adam Troeger .... camera operator: "b" camera
Demian Scott Vaughs .... key grip
Jeffrey Lee Woods .... electrician
Animation Department
Jon Adler .... animator
Jon Adler .... titles and animation
Brad Chmielewski .... titles and animation
Jessica Donofrio .... titles and animation
Vanida Vae .... titles and animation
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... casting associate
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Jessica Gee .... adr voice casting
Grant George .... adr voice casting
Patricia Yuen .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... key costumer (as May Elbaz)
Erin Hogan-Braker .... set costumer
Shelby Saboy .... wardrobe supervisor
Sarah Staskauskas .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conformist
David M. Perkins .... colorist: dailies
Location Management
Brendan Kehoe .... location scout
David Occhino .... location manager
Louis Zuppardi .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Jay .... music editor
Season Kent .... music supervisor
Massimo Ruberto .... music editor
Derek Somaru .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ricky Andrews .... driver
Johnny Batista .... driver
Bill Collins .... driver
George Holtzer .... transportation captain
Larry Jones .... driver
Other crew
Magi Berciano .... production legal
Adam Brown .... safety diver: marine unit
Cristal Calderon .... key set production assistant
Omar Nieve Capra .... production assistant (as Omar Hernandez)
Jeffrey Carton .... assistant to producers
Michael Casperson .... production assistant
Craig Chapman .... office production assistant
Sabrina Cohen .... assistant to cast
Rachel Connors .... script supervisor
Liz Dykhouse .... payroll accountant
Alice Johnson .... assistant: Ellen Burstyn
Ian Knoblock .... set production assistant
James McKnight .... stand-in: Evan Ross
Geoff Ollwerther .... accounting assistant
Yesenia 'Moony' Perez .... production assistant
Marissa Price .... production coordinator
Jumaane A. Ray .... set security
Phillip L. Rosen .... production legal
Mia Ruth .... office production assistant
Lenny Speregen .... safety diver: marine unit
Robin Sprance .... assistant production office coordinator
J.P. Varady .... office production assistant
Claire Severance .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Greta" - USA (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some sexual content and drug references
92 min
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Has been cut for the UK DVD release running for 88 min instead of the 92 min run time which the U.S. Release has.See more »
Lou:Sit down Greta. I'm not trying to pick on you, but you have to treat customers like what they are.
Greta:Thumbtacks in my ass?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Who can stand her?, 3 October 2012
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is a profile of an 'outta control' teenaged girl who is such a nightmare that nobody can stand her. She is called Greta, hence the title of the film (which in America has been released both as GRETA and as ACCORDING TO GRETA), but in Britain the film was released as SURVIVING SUMMER. Greta is meant to be 17, but she is played by Hilary Duff aged 22 at the time, and although Duff manages all the mannerisms, self-pitying voice-whine, and body language OK, her face just looks too old for 17. Never mind, it's a movie. Nightmarish teenagers have been portrayed on the screen before, but rarely has such a total nightmare as Greta been seen. We eventually learn some background, and discover that her father died in Viet Nam when she was six (it seems therefore that the action of this film is meant to be set in about 1980), and because her mother is such a narcissistic nutter, she has never even been shown a photo of him. So one of her many problems is that 'she needs to be loved' and is searching for a father but is too proud to admit it. (Meanwhile the mother is trying to work out her relationship with the man whom Greta calls 'husband number nine'.) However, the world is full of girls who need to be loved, have lost their fathers and have crazy mothers, but they aren't all as wild and impossible as Greta. While the mother sorts herself out (an impossible task in itself), Greta is dumped for the summer with her maternal grandparents, played to perfection by Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy. They live in one of the only two decent resort towns on the New Jersey shore, namely the northern one, Ocean Grove (the southern one being Cape May of course). They live a very tranquil summer existence in one of those genteel, rambling Victorian chocolate box houses. Suddenly dynamite blows up in their faces, by way of the granddaughter Greta's unwelcome arrival. She strides in, sulking and rude, sprawls on the sofa with a remote in her hand and whines that they do not have cable TV so that she cannot watch her reality shows. It gets worse and worse and worse. At first we think no one will survive summer, and indeed Ellen Burstyn does have a heart attack from the stress caused. Greta is so obnoxious, revolting, and horrible that it is impossible to feel any sympathy for her, and countless viewers must have wished she could be humanely put down. However, the story is of the progressive taming of the wild kid. The film is very well made, and I guess Greta, the poor thing, is worth a bit of sympathy at the end because she is not really a bad person, she is just a crazy mixed-up kid who is more extreme in her disorders than most. To her credit, she refuses to take the tranquilizers which have been prescribed for her. (Never take one of those!) As a human tornado, wreaking damage on all sides, Hilary Duff is entirely convincing, so much so in fact that I would hate to run into her in a dark alley anywhere. I suppose the film is all about learning compassion. There is a very sensitive and excellent performance by the young actor Evan Ross of a boy who tries to understand Greta and is fond of her. As the saying goes, he 'has his work cut out for him'. The film is directed by Nancy Bardawil and is her only feature so far. She shows not only considerable directorial ability but a great deal of courage in taking on a project as challenging as this. Michael Gilvary wrote a very convincing screenplay. But anybody thinking of spending the summer at Ocean Grove had better watch out, and above all avoid any sulky young girls, as they might be the terrifying Greta!

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