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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie ...
Domino the Cat
Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
Michael Cocaine
Ricky Wasserman
Davy Clements ...
Charles Lewis III ...
Cool English Teacher
Old Hippie
Aline Kominsky (voice) (as Susannah Schulman)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tinilány naplója  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,334, 9 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,477,002, 23 October 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Minnie and Kimmie travel to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), they meet two drag queens outside the cinema. The taller of the two is Joshua Grannell, a popular San Francisco film-maker and drag queen who performs under the name "Peaches Christ". See more »


[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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See No Evil
Written by Tom Verlaine
Performed by Television
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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An Honest, Unfiltered & Nonjudgmental Account Of One Girl's Sexual Awakening
31 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

An honest, unfiltered & nonjudgmental coming of age drama about a young woman's sexual endeavours, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a nicely crafted, sensibly narrated & wonderfully performed cinema that's highly bohemian in nature, emanates a psychedelic vibe from start to finish & is further uplifted by its well-put together cast.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the story of The Diary of a Teenager is set in San Francisco during the 1970s and concerns Minnie, a 15-year old aspiring cartoonist who in the wake of her sexuality begins a relationship with her mother's boyfriend. However, her longing for love & acceptance soon sets her on a path to much bolder adventures.

Written & directed by Marielle Heller in what is her filmmaking debut, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is oddly stylish, surreal & provocative in depicting the sexual & artistic awakening of its protagonist and captures the highs & lows of adolescent life with utmost sincerity. Heller's direction is as good as her screenplay, and it's refreshing to see the story being told from a girl's perspective.

Production design team does a good job in replicating the 1970s setting, Cinematography makes splendid use of its camera & bright colour tones to further enhance its images, and Editing is finely carried out while the music fits its scene. Coming to the performances, Bel Powley delivers a terrific performance and is brilliantly supported by Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig & others.

On an overall scale, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a bold example of its genre that attempts to capture the turmoil of teenage years without sugarcoating any of it, is capable of leaving a few viewers squirming on their seats with its explicit nature, and thanks to its playful tone & sensible handling of its characters, is a welcome entry in the coming-of-age filmmaking landscape. Definitely worth a shot.

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