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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

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16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Minnie
Willie ...
Domino the Cat
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Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
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Andrea
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Michael Cocaine (as Carson Mell)
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Burt
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Kimmie
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Ricky Wasserman
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Chuck
Davy Clements ...
Arnie
Charles Lewis III ...
Cool English Teacher
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Old Hippie
Susannah Schulman Rogers ...
Aline Kominsky (voice) (as Susannah Schulman)
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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens. | See all certifications »

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28 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tinilány naplója  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,334 (USA) (7 August 2015)

Gross:

$1,477,002 (USA) (23 October 2015)
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2.35 : 1
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It is based on the graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner. See more »

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[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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Down on the Street
Written by David Alexander (as David M. Alexander), Ron Asheton (as Ronald Asheton), Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop
Performed by The Stooges
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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An honest telling of a true story--with no moralizing.
25 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Love this film. I highly recommend it. Written/filmed/acted beautifully. Very human. Very funny.

If you're prude or judgmental, go see this film, but be warned.

Movie-goers complain that Hollywood films are all the same. But then movie-goers complain when an original film like The Diary Of A Teenage Girl comes out. Funny that.

Yes, the subject matter is dark, but the filmmakers have struck the pitch-perfect tone. There is nothing cynical about this film.

This true story is told from the point-of-view of Minnie, a lonely 15-year-old girl who loves to draw, and who loves to have a bunch of consensual sex with her mother's pathetic 35-year-old boyfriend Monroe.

The animated parts are sweet, funny, raunchy--the drawings a 15-year-old girl.

I disagree with the UK reviewer who says she speaks in the "wise beyond her years" dialogue typical of American teenage films. I had the exact opposite reaction: I was relieved to hear her speak in plain, simple, sometimes downright dumb sentences. (So ignore the numpty Brit reviewer.)

Many will find it impossible to separate the (illegal) deed from the brilliant story. So I'll address this review to people who are on the fence:

If you think you'd like to see this film, go see it.

Don't be scared away. Yes, the material is a little uncomfortable at first, but take a couple of breaths, and remember that this is a true story. Enjoy the honesty. Enjoy the non-judgment. Enjoy some empathy. There's so much cynicism on TV and on the internet. You deserve a break. Go see this movie and show yourself some cinema love.


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