Title: Diary of a Teenage Girl DVD
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2016 ASIN: B017RR79FM
Director: Marielle Heller
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit
Writers: Phoebe Gloeckner (novel), Marielle Heller (screenplay)
Actors: Christopher Meloni, Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Medeleine Waters
Plot: Diary of a Teenage Girl is a movie based on the semi-autobiographical graphic novel of the same name by Phoebe Gloeckner. It follows fifteen-year-old Minnie Goetze, who has an unconventional sexual relationship with her mother’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Monroe Rutherford. Minnie believes that she loves Monroe and it complicates her teenage angst.
The casting of the actors was very effective. Bel Powley is very convincing as Minnie. Kristin Wiig is perfect as Minnie’s emotionally unavailable, addict mother who doesn’t know where her child is most of the time.
The backdrop and surroundings lend to the 1970s San Francisco feel. The lighting has a slight color cast which almost makes it feel like an old movie, and the clothing is perfect for the era.
Directed by Marielle Heller, guides her characters with vulnerability. Everyone in this family is a bit out of control. Minnie searches for strength to get through her teenage years.
Ideas for talking about other materials to YA audiences: Minnie has a lot going on in her life for a 15-year-old. Without much support at home, what are some ways that Minnie could have asked for more guidance and support from those around her?
interest level: 16+
players or listener’s annotation: Minnie is a fifteen-year-old growing up in 1970s San Francisco. Will the art that she loves drawing help her find her way to adulthood?
Reading Level/Interest Age: 16+
Challenge Issues— sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, drugs/alcohol/smoking
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