The Diary of a Teenage Girl: Movie Review
Director: Marielle Heller (also directed MacGruber)
Cast: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood)
Set in the 70s, this film follows a young, 15 year-old teenage girl named Minnie (Bel Powley) as she starts exploring her sexuality and her transition into adult life. Minnie’s journey starts when her mom’s boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) takes her to a bar. At the bar, Minnie and Monroe flirt a little and Minnie reveals that she wants to have sex with him. From that night onward, they begin meeting at his apartment and having sex.
Minnie shares the details of her sexual encounters with her friend Kimmie and with her tape recorder (i.e. diary). Like most teenage girls, she is longing for love, acceptance, and a sense of purpose in the world. Her journey of self-discovery is an honest and non-judgmental recollection of teenage life that both men and women will surely relate to.
7/10 Beer Cans
Terry: This isn’t something I would have normally watched with a group of guys but in all honesty, it was a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend this movie to both men and women. The film was well done, it was earnest and we could actually have a serious discussion about real issues. It was also funny because we`re all men and yet we were commenting on a teenage girls life. That being said, we could relate and empathize with Minnie. Or so we thought! Haha.
I think that this film is a great example of why our show works. Initially we all winced when we saw the title pop up. Would a bunch of guys really want to watch The Diary of a Teenage Girl together? Probably not. But since we pick movies at random, we had to stick with it. And I’m really glad we did! It was a great film. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Justin: Yeah, I felt the same way. I went into this film not knowing what to expect. I think a lot of people could relate to Minnie. Not in the sense that she slept with her mom’s boyfriend but because she was trying to find herself. I think I’m still trying to find myself today! It’s a life-long journey of self discovery and Minnie was actually the most mature character in the end. She realized that she can indeed be self-independent. That’s a very powerful message to young women today.
Jordan: I loved the visuals of this movie. I liked the animation and how it was incorporated. I thought that it worked well within the context of the story as well. Minnie was an aspiring cartoonist after-all. I was a little let down during the acid trip. I thought that they were going to take it to another level but instead they kept it low key. This is definitely the best movie we’ve reviewed on the show and I would recommend it as well.