The Diary of a Teenage Girl Movie Review

Film critic Nick Duncalf reviews the film debut of writer director Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, for #60secondreviews. In 1970s San Fransisco, a teenage girl begins an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl Cast:

Bel Powley … Minnie
Kristen Wiig … Charlotte
Alexander Skarsgård … Monroe
Christopher Meloni … Pascal
Abby Wait … Gretel
Miranda Bailey … Andrea
Carson Mell … Michael Cocaine
John Parsons … Burt
Madeleine Waters … Kimmie
Austin Lyon … Ricky Wasserman
Quinn Nagle … Chuck
Davy Clements … Arnie

The Diary of a Teenage Girl Full Review Transcript:

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a brilliant and daring adaptation of a graphic novel by Phoebe Glockner and its key assets are really this feeling that it has for 70s San Francisco a great script and also terrific performances so it stars a British actress called Bel Powley in a real star-making turn as this teenage girl Minnie who starts to dream about having an affair with her mother’s younger boyfriend who’s played by Alexander Skarsgard he’s absolutely fantastic not quite sympathetic but you are drawn to him in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable Kristen Wiig plays her mother and she’s just one of my favourite actresses at the moment not just in comedy she’s brilliant at playing these melancholy characters she’s a women’s libber but also she’s telling her daughter that she should constantly wear a skirt or put on some more makeup. Bel Powley is the heart of it but Marielle Heller the writer director has this tremendous feel for 70s San Francisco there are wonderful animations because Minnie wants to be a cartoonist in the style of Robert Crumb so it has that great feel for that dark edge of hippie San Francisco but it’s also going to appeal to adolescents cause it’s very very insightful into what it’s like to be that age and how that feels.


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  1. Great reviews! How about adding your own personal star rating in somewhere? .. On the tile would be good! This would also provoke a little more debate ***

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