WRITER AND DIRECTOR: MARIELLE HELLER | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: BRANDON TROST
I only really picked this film because I was bored of looking through Netflix trying to find something and I'd seen it pop up a few times before, so I decided to give it a go. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a film exploring the exploration of young female sexuality through the eyes and words of a teenage girl herself. This might be a little more spoiler-y than usual just because there were a lot of things I found important but also kind of wrong about this film.
I enjoyed that this film was written so well and captured the way a teenage girl would talk and think, and made me a feel a little nostalgic for my teenage years (although I definitely was nowhere near as bad as Minnie!). It felt real, even when some of it was a little farfetched.
So, Minnie is meant to be a 15 year old girl, yet the film is filled with lots of nudity and quick but explicit sex scenes, which I personally found quite weird. I get that the actress would not have been 15 when she played this part but to have a girl play a 15 year old and be completely naked to me is really inappropriate. Especially when you are watching a guy 20 years her senior fucking her doggy style. It's just a bit too explicit for the fact it is meant to be an underage girl. There's also no holding Monroe, the 35 year old boyfriend, to account for the fact that he is a paedophile. Although she seems like she knows her shit, and knows what she wants to do, it's obvious that at some points she is really young, and still naive and confused about what is happening in her life. It just makes me feel very uncomfortable and I would have felt it was an important point if they had possibly showed the real impact that this whole affair had on her. In reality it is like she is just brushing off what is going on, and I get that this might be an honest representation, but there was just a lot of information missing that could have made this film a solid, and more important, film in discussing such a serious topic.
Maybe this is what it what like in the seventies, I wouldn't know, but personally I didn't really enjoy this film. I guess I'm probably just being too critical and I'd love to hear some other opinions on this film if anyone wants to get involved and open my eyes to why it's good.