15-year-old Alice is a shy girl who has problems relating to her parents; her primary confidante is her new diary. When the family moves for the college-English-professor father's new job, Alice apprehensively approaches the unfamiliar and befriends another shy girl, Beth, who shares her outsider status. But when summer separates them with Beth leaving for camp, Alice finds herself befriended by the "in" crowd, who introduce her to drugs. She likes how drugs make her feel less inhibited and is thrilled to be involved with college-man Richie. But she becomes addicted, taking uppers to deal with her parents, then sleeping pills to get off the drug-induced highs. She abandons Beth and gets to feeling that drugs are the only things that make her happy, until she and her "in" friends all must get involved in pushing drugs to keep themselves in cash. Eventually she realizes she's on a downward spiral and doesn't know how to escape. She eventually gets help from a priest and a psychiatrist. ...
The moving story of a 16 year old drug addict based on her diary.
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Did You Know?
This is the second movie that Charles Martin Smith worked on with Mackenzie Phillips. They both worked on American Graffiti (1973), and would also work on More American Graffiti (1979). In all three movies, they do not share any scenes together. See more
When Alice is in the hospital drinking from the cup, she holds it with her palms since her fingers are bandaged. Then there's a close-up of the cup and she's cupping it and then palming it again in the next shot. See more
This comes from too much talk and not enough smoke.
Opening disclaimer: This motion picture is based on the authentic diary of a 15 year old American girl. The only alterations have been those necessitated by considerations of length and acceptability for family viewing. See more
Music and Lyrics by Brian Wilson
and Mike Love See more
24 January 1973 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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