The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Bold but flawed film about sexual awakening is very mature.

R 2015 102 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 18+

Starts strong then slips...

This film started off super strong and I was here for it! Skarsgard is a standout and the chemistry and the writing feels real on all accounts, but the last third of the film feels like it goes a bit off the rails and the characters unravel in ways that make it difficult to watch. I was not a fan of it, but that is not to say that their choices did not make sense for their characters I just lost interest as it felt like the emotional investment was slipping further and further away from where we started and from my sensibility.
age 18+

Extremely sex-filled coming of age film has massive heart amidst yuckiness

Let's get this out of the way: no one under the age of 18 should be watching this. While it isn't NC-17 exactly, the hardcore levels of drugs and sex portrayed here is way too much for teens. On the film itself: how was Bel Powley passed up for a Best Actress nomination? She is at once a child, and dangerously mature, confident of her sexuality and completely unaware of her development as a woman. It's a privilege to watch, so much so that great performers like Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård nearly fall flat in comparison. Paired with delightful animation that doesn't distract but supports the story it's telling, "Diary" is an unpretentious indie that reminds us it's okay to slow down in life, it's okay to not know where you're headed. I look forward to binging more of director Marielle Heller's work!

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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