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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Cathy Randall

Writer:

Cathy Randall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danielle Catanzariti ... Esther Blueburger
Cassandra Jinman Cassandra Jinman ... The Slug
Talia Monaghan Talia Monaghan ... Ribbon 1 / Missy
Yen Yen Stender Yen Yen Stender ... Ribbon 2 / Lissy
Laura Kettle Laura Kettle ... Ribbon 3 / Demi
Lucy Carey Lucy Carey ... Ribbon 4 / Sienna
Tisha Adey Tisha Adey ... Ribbon 5 / Prudence
Leticia Monaghan ... Prefect / Cynthia
Christian Byers ... Jacob Blueburger
Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Sunni
Essie Davis ... Grace Blueburger
Edwin Hodgeman ... Rabbi
Russell Dykstra ... Osmond Blueburger
Vanessa Downing Vanessa Downing ... Music Teacher
Poh Ling Yeow Poh Ling Yeow ... Sales Assistant
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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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A hilarious coming of age comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking | See all certifications »

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On the set, actress Danielle Catanzariti was nicknamed "Audrey" after Audrey Hepburn for her irrepressible spirit and professionalism. This combo of qualities especially impressed Danielle's Academy Award-nominated co-star Toni Collette, who said: "While we were shooting, she broke my heart with her honesty and she also made me laugh. I think she is a really incredible and strong individual. For someone so young, she is very clear about who she is, but not in a contrived way. I really liked her a lot." See more »

Goofs

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

Rabbi: [Practice chanting in Hebrew for the Bat Mitvah]
Esther BlueburgerJacob Blueburger: [Mimicking Hebrew] Bumfuck, vagina schmuck.
[Continue mimicking]
Rabbi: [Chanting in Hebrew]
Esther BlueburgerJacob Blueburger: [Mimicking Hebrew] Asshole...
Rabbi: [Corrects the Hebrew word]
Esther BlueburgerJacob Blueburger: [Continue mimicking Hebrew] ... Sodomy.
Rabbi: [Shocked reaction]
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Soundtracks

The Clapping Song
Written by I. Chase
Performed by Operator Please
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amazing
23 April 2011 | by mr_cow-comSee all my reviews

This movie was brilliant! I think what deterred some of the other reviewers here was that they thought it was a children's movie. While it does have 13 year-old girls as the centre characters, trying to fit in and grow up in and out of their school lives, it is definitely not for children.

Believe it or not, I found peculiar things like social-economics to be key parts, as the difference between Sunni and Esther is never looked at directly, but determines Sunni's character and her upset with Esther. It also looks at different types of friendships, family religion and the way we lash out at people for trivial things like *we* having hurt *them*.

I didn't realise it was one of those movies that you either love or hate, but perhaps it is. A must-see, though if you're expecting a light-hearted comedy simply about fitting in, you'll be surprised - it goes into so much more depth than that


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$780,730
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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