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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)
3,641 ( 307)
16 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »





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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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The classroom scenes were shot at Lincoln Middle School in Alameda, CA. Although the film crew were given permission to shoot in the school, the school staff objected to the content of the script and insisted no filming be done at any time when students could possibly be on campus. As such, the classroom scenes were shot on a single night, with lights outside the windows to give the appearance of daytime. See more »


[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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Written by Nate Heller
Performed by Nate Heller & Reni Lane
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User Reviews

An honest telling of a true story--with no moralizing.
25 August 2015 | by bettyspinks-43879See all my reviews

Love this film. I highly recommend it. Written/filmed/acted beautifully. Very human. Very funny.

If you're prude or judgmental, go see this film, but be warned.

Movie-goers complain that Hollywood films are all the same. But then movie-goers complain when an original film like The Diary Of A Teenage Girl comes out. Funny that.

Yes, the subject matter is dark, but the filmmakers have struck the pitch-perfect tone. There is nothing cynical about this film.

This true story is told from the point-of-view of Minnie, a lonely 15-year-old girl who loves to draw, and who loves to have a bunch of consensual sex with her mother's pathetic 35-year-old boyfriend Monroe.

The animated parts are sweet, funny, raunchy--the drawings a 15-year-old girl.

I disagree with the UK reviewer who says she speaks in the "wise beyond her years" dialogue typical of American teenage films. I had the exact opposite reaction: I was relieved to hear her speak in plain, simple, sometimes downright dumb sentences. (So ignore the numpty Brit reviewer.)

Many will find it impossible to separate the (illegal) deed from the brilliant story. So I'll address this review to people who are on the fence:

If you think you'd like to see this film, go see it.

Don't be scared away. Yes, the material is a little uncomfortable at first, but take a couple of breaths, and remember that this is a true story. Enjoy the honesty. Enjoy the non-judgment. Enjoy some empathy. There's so much cynicism on TV and on the internet. You deserve a break. Go see this movie and show yourself some cinema love.

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