The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Marielle Heller (2015)

18 Certificate
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Our Score
"I had sex today. Holy s***!" That's the first line in debuting director Marielle Heller's ground-breaking coming-of-age comedic drama. Explicit but never exploitative, it's based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner that dares to tell of Minnie (Bel Powley of TV's Benidorm), a smart 15-year-old girl who wants to have sex but fears it will never ever happen. A tricky topic but credible, especially in San Francisco in 1976, where Minnie's mother Charlotte (Kristen Wiig) parties hard and dates the simplistic 35-year-old Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). Sleeping with Monroe is only the first step in Minnie's rollercoaster of reality as she follows her instincts - some good, some awful - but, crucially, learns from her mistakes. Powley, Wiig and Skarsgård turn in powerful, finely observed performances in this sensitive, entertaining explosion of honesty.


A girl growing up in 1970s San Francisco looks for a sense of certainty in a rapidly changing world. She finds solace in an affair with her mother's boyfriend, but also finds a personal refuge in developing her own artistic talents. Drama based on Phoebe Gloeckner's novel, starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig.

Cast & Crew

Minnie Goetze Bel Powley
Monroe Alexander Skarsgard
Charlotte Kristen Wiig
Pascal Christopher Meloni
Gretel Abby Wait
Andrea Miranda Bailey
Michael Cocaine Carson D Mell
Burt John Parsons
Director Marielle Heller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vertigo FilmsGuidance: Sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 7 Aug 2015