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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Directed by Marielle Heller. US. 2015. R. 102 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. Digital.
Fri., September 25, 2015 thru Thu., October 1, 2015
September 25, 2015 to October 1, 2015
7:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday
September 26, 2015
4:30 pm
Saturday
September 26, 2015
7:00 pm
Saturday
September 26, 2015
9:15 pm
Sunday
September 27, 2015
4:30 pm
Sunday
September 27, 2015
7:00 pm
Monday
September 28, 2015
6:30 pm
Tuesday
September 29, 2015
7:30 pm
Wednesday
September 30, 2015
2:00 pm
Wednesday
September 30, 2015
4:30 pm
Wednesday
September 30, 2015
7:30 pm
Thursday
October 1, 2015
7:30 pm

“Its1976 in San Francisco, and 15-year-old Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) hasnt so much lost her virginity as sent it up like a rocket flare. I had sex today! she confesses breathlessly into a borrowed tape recorder. This makes me officially an adult. It doesnt, of course, but the guy shes just done it with most definitely qualifies: a mustachioed dreamboat named Monroe (Alexander Skarsgrd), who is nearly two decades olderand also happens to be dating her mother (Kristen Wiig).

Though it was widely celebrated at Sundance this year, Diary has had less luck with censors; Englands ratings board recently slapped it with the equivalent of an NC-17, effectively shutting out a good portion of the movies target audience. Thats too bad, because as unsettling as Marielle Hellers feature-film debut can bethere are moments youll ache for Minnie and other ones where youll want to lock her awayit rings much truer than most coming-of-age stories. A lot of that is due to British actress Powley, who brilliantly captures the raw vulnerability and reckless bravado of adolescence (though in real life shes 23). Skarsgrd threads the needle in a tricky role, and Wiig is excellent as a boozy bohemian who sincerely believes in her liberated brand of parenting; if Minnie feels like a grown-up, its probably because shes often the most responsible one in the room.

Working from Phoebe Gloeckners 2002 graphic novel/memoir, Heller gets the shabby glamour and bleached sunshine of 70s San Francisco just right, coloring several scenes with vivid blooms of animation. Its more than decoration; art is crucial for aspiring cartoonist Minniea lifeline from the girl she still is to the woman she wants to be.” (Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly)

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