A suicidal and rebellious teenager is sent to live with her grandparents for the summer, where life takes an unexpected turn.


Nancy Bardawil


Michael Gilvary





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Gary Mottola ... Red Tie Bar Guy
Stuart Zagnit ... Man on Bus
Edward Lane Edward Lane ... Old Man (as Ed Lane)
Eric Sheffer Stevens ... Yellow Sweater Guy


After her mother, Karen (Melissa Leo) gets married for the third time, 17-year-old Greta (Hillary Duff), who had witnessed her father kill himself, withdraws within herself, and turns rebellious. In lieu of boot camp she is sent to live with her maternal grandparents, Katherine (Ellen Burstyn) and Joseph (Michael Murphy) where she makes it known that she is determined to kill herself. She then falls for a cook, Julie (Evan Ross) at the local restaurant, much to the chagrin of her grandparents - especially when they find out he had been interned in a juvenile correctional facility. Faced with all-round opposition and unhappy with her life Greta plans her suicide during a boating trip - a plan that will not only expose closeted skeletons, but also shatter and change everyone's lives forever. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some sexual content and drug references | See all certifications »

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Hilary Duff was 20 when she played 17-year-old Greta. See more »


The family when dropping off Greta passes by the Ocean Grove gates and then does a short montage of businesses on Main Street, then when they start discussing about Greta being dropped off in Jersey, they are traveling east bound on Rt. 33 past the Hamilton Methodist Church approximately 4 miles away from Ocean Grove, then they pass by the Ocean Grove Shuffleboard which is on Broadway and not Main Street (which you're almost to the beach at that point and it takes a little detour to get there), then traveling on Rt. 35 North past the Taco Bell, then another cut and they're passing by Rita's Italian Ice on Rt. 33 Westbound away from Ocean Grove, before finally getting back to Broadway heading eastbound though way before they would be passing by the OG Shuffleboard. See more »


Greta: That DMV guy was emotionally unstable, okay? It was not my driving that made him cry.
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Written by Cat Stevens (as Yusuf Islam)
Performed by Kristin Hersh
Courtesy of 4AD Recording Ltd.
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Excellent little movie
28 November 2009 | by jimbob12404See all my reviews

Briefly, this is a surprising little movie. When I first started playing my little illegal download, I thought I would be deleting it right away--the beginning reminded me of Juno, and when I saw Hilary Duff''s name I reached for the mouse, but something made me keep watching after I saw Ellen Burstyn's name. I ended up watching the entire thing, and loved it. A shame fine little film's like this one don't get the recognition they deserve. It's quirky and well written, and well acted by all involved. Duff is quite good but for me the actor playing Julie really deserves special praise---he captured the reformed and formerly troubled teen perfectly, winning over not only me but Great's grandparents as well. I agree with one of the other reviewers in that there is one resolved situation Only gripe: what happened between Julie and Greta???

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Release Date:

11 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Neptune, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)| Dolby Digital (2.0 Stereo)| Dolby Digital (2.0)| Dolby Digital (Digital 2.0)| Dolby Digital (as Dolby Digital)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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