The Diary of a Teenage Girl Movie Info:
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Initial release: January 24, 2015
Director: Marielle Heller
Running time: 1h 42m
Screenplay: Marielle Heller
Story by: Phoebe Gloeckner
The Diary of a Teenage Girl : In 1976 San Francisco, aspiring 15-year-old cartoonist Minnie begins keeping an audio diary. She is stirred by her awakening sexuality and wants to lose her virginity. She fears she may be unattractive, but receives attention from boys at school.
When Minnie’s bohemian mother Charlotte is too busy to go out with her boyfriend Monroe, she suggests he take Minnie out instead. At a bar, Minnie and Monroe flirt and she tells him she wants to sleep with him. They begin meeting at his apartment and having sex. She shares the details of her sexual experiences with her friend Kimmie.
At a comic book store, Minnie sees cartoonist Aline Kominsky signing books. She mails Aline her first comic, about a woman walking through town.
Minnie sleeps twice with her schoolmate Ricky, but he finds her sexual enthusiasm intimidating. At a bar, Minnie and Kimmie decide to pose as prostitutes. They fellate two boys in the bathroom, but the next day, they agree it was a bad choice. Minnie’s stepfather, Pascal, calls from New York City and invites Minnie to live with him, but she declines.
Charlotte loses her job as a librarian. Minnie and her younger sister Gretel ask Pascal for money, and though he is irritated, he sends the family a check. Minnie, Kimmie, and Monroe have a threesome. Minnie and Monroe take acid together and Monroe has a bad trip, convinced they are being watched. During the trip he tells Minnie he loves her and she realizes that she no longer cares for him. He begins making plans for them to be together when she is 18 and Minnie leaves him.
Charlotte grows suspicious of the relationship between Minnie and Monroe, but he persuades her she is imagining things. Charlotte then discovers Minnie’s audio diary, and confronts Minnie and Monroe. She decides that Minnie and Monroe must now marry, which Monroe agrees to. Minnie runs away from home in disgust. She begins seeing a risk-taking lesbian girl named Tabatha, but when Tabatha brings her to a man that Minnie does not trust, she returns to her family. She finds a letter from Aline encouraging her to draw more comics. Selling her comics and zines on the beach, Minnie runs into Monroe. She’s cold towards him, and they go their own separate ways. The film ends with Minnie reflecting on her emotional growth, as she realizes that the only way to find happiness is by loving herself, and not by depending on another person’s affection.