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Diary of a Teenage Girl

Diary of a Teenage Girl
Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard and Christopher Meloni

Rated: R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking- all involving teens.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 7, 2015 Released by: Sony Pictures Classics

A driven, talented comic-strip artist is the focus of a brazenly provocative modestly-budgeted drama from greenback helmer Marielle Heller.

Diary of a Teenage Girl comes across with unabashed candor like a thoughtful modern-day 'Lolita' with the filmmaking from Phoebe Gloeckner's novel of comics and prose an unconventional eye-opener during mid-1970s San Francisco as free-love was on the virginal adolescent brain, as well as many others. In trying to establish self-identity and worth inside out that is in stark contrast to this summer's masterfully delightful Disney/Pixar entry.

An eerily bright and desirous 15-year-old in Minnie (a striking turn for U.K. thespian Bel Powley) provides humorous anecdotal narration with her bohemian mother (Kristen Wiig of next year's distaff Ghostbusters) allowing her to partake in drug/alcohol festivities. The tale formulated by Heller and Gloeckner has artistry fill the screen from the unattractive harshness troubling a developing woman to the risky relations taken with mom's arrogant if insouciant beau Munroe (Alexander Skarsgard of Melancholia). With a step-father (Christopher Meloni) now on the sidelines but respectful of an impressionable girl's precarious situation.

What Heller accomplishes with effortless maturity to rise up against the pervading stereotypes is the disparity of feelings of insecurity in a milieu working outside boundaries to make sense of the hedonism and the arbitrary. In more ways than one this raw, quite realistic Diary places the distaff disturbances and ecstasy front and center in an illuminating illustrative, and, of course, libidinous experience.

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