Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Now on Starz: The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) - Written and Directed by Marielle Heller; Starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig.

By Kenny Howell

A teenager with aspirations of being an artist has a sexual awakening when she begins a fling with her mom's boyfriend in this interesting, but a bit static dramedy.

Bel Powley plays Minnie, a girl growing up in 1970s San Francisco. Her mom, played by Kristen Wiig (The Martian) is a bit of a mess, so it is up to her to really figure out everything. Unfortunately, she begins her sexual life with her mom's older boyfriend, played by Alexander Skarsgard (What Maisie Knew). They kick off a long affair, and Minnie tries to sort out her life, while the doomed to fail fling runs its course.

The movie, while visually impressive with Minnie's art interspersed with her life, doesn't really go much of anywhere. The movie doesn't go too far beyond the short description I have above. Luckily Powley is pretty excellent in the lead role and can help fill in those spots when the movie sort of spins its wheels.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is currently playing on Starz.

Rating: ***

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