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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.


Marielle Heller


Phoebe Gloeckner (novel), Marielle Heller (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bel Powley ... Minnie
Willie Willie ... Domino the Cat
Kristen Wiig ... Charlotte
Abby Wait ... Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
Alexander Skarsgård ... Monroe
Miranda Bailey ... Andrea
Carson Mell ... Michael Cocaine
John Parsons ... Burt
Madeleine Waters ... Kimmie
Austin Lyon ... Ricky Wasserman
Quinn Nagle ... Chuck
Davy Clements Davy Clements ... Arnie
Charles Lewis III Charles Lewis III ... Cool English Teacher
David Fine ... Old Hippie
Susannah Rogers ... 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


Comedy | 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) See more »

Also Known As:

A tinilány naplója See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Marielle Heller received the graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl as a Christmas gift from her younger sister in around 2007. See more »


[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


Precious Star
Performed by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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Keep on Truckin'
9 January 2016 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a Robert Crumb comic come to life. You better believe that I loved this film. 2015 has given us a lot of films to talk about, but this one went completely under the radar, and it shouldn't have. This may be the best film of the year, and by far, one of the most provocative and fearless pieces in more than a year.

It's a coming-of-age story about a 15 year-old girl in the 1970's, dangerously experimenting nymphomania with her mother's 35-year old boyfriend. If that sound's frightening, it should be, but that's the point. If films of the time period like "Harold and Maude", "Taxi Driver" and "Fritz the Cat" come to mind, you're right on the money. The early 70's were a wild, revolutionary time were mainstream movies pushed every social boundary it could. This takes us back to those times. Maybe today, the subject matter isn't quite outrageous, but the nuance and celebration of it's outrageousness is infectious to a fresh, new audience. Bel Powley is a breakout star. She's fantastic, and uncannily plays a teenager, when in fact, she's older than me. The other star is Kristen Wiig, in the best role I've ever seen her in, as the hipster mom. She's really a great dramatic actress. Most comedians these days seem to be. The mixture between live-action and animation was lovely to look at, and a solid touch to what would've been a film just as fantastic without it.

This is one of my favorites, and it's going to haunt me for a while now. I love it when movies do that.

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