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

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

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Made in 2007 but didn't receive a limited release until two years later. 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: She must have been pretty.
Julie: Who?
Greta: R.S.
Julie: R.S. was a he.
[awkward silence, then Julie laughs]
Julie: No, not like that. He was a good friend of mine.
Greta: Does he have your initials tattooed on his wrist?
Julie: No.
Greta: Why not?
Julie: 'Cause I'm not dead.
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Hilary as You've Never Seen Her Before!
28 January 2010 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

First, this film is not for very young children. Hilary Duff does both producing and starring in this dark comedy about a 17 year old teenager, Greta, from New York City whose sent to exile for the summer with her grandparents played by Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy who are divine in their roles. Melissa Leo plays Greta's mother but she's not on long enough and it's a shame because Duff, Leo, and Burstyn have some of their finest scenes together. Anyway, Greta is sent to live in Ocean Grove, New Jersey which is a seaside community and not far from the infamous Asbury Park which was crime ridden and left in ashes. Anyway, Greta gets a job at a restaurant. She is determined to end her life by 18 but things might change her point of view and it might be the best summer she ever had.

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Release Date:

11 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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According to Greta See more »

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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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