A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.


Marielle Heller


Phoebe Gloeckner (novel), Marielle Heller (screenplay)
3,543 ( 86)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bel Powley ... Minnie
Willie Willie ... Domino the Cat
Kristen Wiig ... Charlotte
Abby Wait ... Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
Alexander Skarsgård ... Monroe
Miranda Bailey ... Andrea
Carson Mell ... Michael Cocaine
John Parsons ... Burt
Madeleine Waters ... Kimmie
Austin Lyon ... Ricky Wasserman
Quinn Nagle ... Chuck
Davy Clements Davy Clements ... Arnie
Charles Lewis III Charles Lewis III ... Cool English Teacher
David Fine ... Old Hippie
Susannah Rogers ... Aline Kominsky (voice) (as Susannah Schulman)


A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Director Marielle Heller received the graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl as a Christmas gift from her younger sister in around 2007. See more »


[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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Crazy Credits

Joint Roller Lindsay Hannon See more »


Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »


Written by Nate Heller & Emily Heller
Performed by Nate Heller feat. Amber Coffman
Additional instrumental contribution (Trombone) by Reni Lane
Amber Coffman appears courtesy of Columbia Records, A division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Brilliantly Acted, but still a coming of age girl shaming movie
30 October 2019 | by dragonhawkaslinndhanSee all my reviews

I would give anything to see a movie about a girl coming of age without it becoming a cautionary tale that ultimately girl shames the heroine. While the story is interesting to a certain degree, I have to say it also depicts just how flaky the seventies were. From the mom to the dad to the boyfriend to the girl herself, all the characters are flaky drug addled or simply immature people who should not be given custody of a dog much lest a child. To praise this film as coming of age for girls is a slap in the face of girls who do finally come of age and are not in fact girl shamed by the people around her. I am not impressed by this film as a so called coming of age story. I am however impressed by the performances. Do not go into this movie thinking the girl is going to come out triumphant, owning her own sexuality. She doesn't. By the way, made me change the language because I used the term sl&t shaming, so I subbed it with girl shaming.

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Diary of a Teenage Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,334, 9 August 2015

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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