The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
Set in 1976 San Francisco, Minnie (Bel Powley) is an artistic 15 year old girl who lives with her mother (Kristen Wiig) and younger sister (Abby Wait). She typically is a loner and thinks about all sorts of things most teen girls do such as looks, popularity and sex. It just happens that today she had sex for the first time, with her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard), and she is super happy about it…
First off, I want to point out the title of this movie. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” should have been renamed to “The Diary of a Nymphomaniac Teenage Girl living in 1976.” This title paints more of a “rated R” image that this film follows rather than a “teen flick” that reminds me of the male counterpart “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” For those mothers out there that think this movie would be a good mother/daughter date movie will be in for an awakening when they discover Minnie just wants to have sex all the time. Fun times!
Having said all that, I can see the artistic appeal that this movie will have for women. Minnie is a teenager who is trying to figure out her life, emotions, and hormones. She loves sex and wants to hook-up as much as possible, preferably with her mother’s boyfriend (I guess this was ok in the 1970s). She doesn’t know how to limit her needs and she has never been in relationships before. Everything she is experiencing is new for her, and it sure is a wild roller coaster. She expresses herself through imagery that we see in the form of comics/drawings that attempts to explain her feelings (which again could be another confusing comparison to The Diary of a Wimpy Kid… so watch out!) These drawing are pretty bad and ugly, but fit well with the times.
As an adult male, this movie did nothing for me. I didn’t relate with any of the characters, and I was bored with the whole idea of a girl discovering herself by having lots of sex and drugs. The one thing about this movie I did enjoy is Kristen Wiig and Bel Powley’s acting performances. They put passion and energy in their roles and are very believable. I forgot halfway through it was Kristen Wiig because it goes against her norm. At the end of the day, this movie is for adult women. I don’t see many men gaining anything from watching this movie and there are too many adult issues here for younger teens to benefit. Co-starring Christopher Meloni, Madeleine Waters, and Austin Lyons.
5/10 Stars – I can see the quality in the production, but this film just wasn’t for me… or my gender.