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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Rated R 102 minutes 2015

Adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner's acclaimed 2002 graphic novel, this provocative indie feature chronicles the furtive sexual relationship between a precocious 15-year-old girl (Bel Powley) and her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard) in the anything-goes atmosphere of mid-70s San Francisco. Told from the girl's perspective, the movie is disarmingly frank about how young women process love and sex, and by portraying the horny boyfriend as more of a goofball than a predator, it dares to show the heroine as something more complicated than a victim. As a result the movie lands somewhere outside the battle lines of contemporary gender politics, which may be why it feels true. Marielle Heller directed; with Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni.

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Director: Marielle Heller

Producer: Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Shapiro, Miranda Bailey, Michael Sagol, Amanda Marshall, Jorma Taccone and Amy Nauiokas

Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni, Abigail Wait, Miranda Bailey, John Parsons, Madeleine Waters, Austin Lyon, Quinn Nagle, Davy Clements and Margarita Levieva

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