The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Synopsis: In 1970s San Francisco, a precocious 15-year-old (Bel Powley) embarks on an enthusiastic sexual odyssey, beginning with her mother's current lover (Alexander Skarsgård).
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  16 wins & 35 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
87
Rotten Tomatoes:
94%
R
Year:
2015
102 min
Website
1,103 Views

1 INT. MINNIE’S HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY 1

Close up on a cat’s face - not pleased.

Hand-written title card: DOMINO VS. THE CITY - a film by

Minnie Goetze

A cardboard San Francisco: skyscrapers and the Golden Gate

Bridge. Domino, the cat, peeks out above the buildings.

Title card:
It’s a CAT-ASTROPHE! Everybody run!

Domino stomps, destroying the little cars and buildings in

his wake. He claws at one of the tallest buildings, lies down

right in the middle of the set, licks his butt, and looks at

the camera like “Yeah? What?”.

END SUPER 8:

(TITLE CARD:
The Diary of

a Teenage Girl)

2 EXT. SAN FRANCISCO - YERBA BUENA PARK - AFTERNOON 2

MINNIE GOETZE, an intensely smart fifteen-year-old, curious

and strong but not jaded, walks through the seedy sprawling

park.

Minnie’s voice-over, recorded onto a cassette tape:

MINNIE (V.O.)

I had sex today. HOLY SHIIIITTTTT!

Music kicks in - something with a beat. Minnie walks

seriously down the path, until the chorus chimes in, then she

shimmies, or swishes her hips, in time to the music.

Minnie’s POV:
A boy with blond feathered hair takes a long

slow puff off of a joint. Smoke wafts up around his face,

dancing with his curls almost magically.

Minnie bounds through the park, past old strung-out hippies

lounging in the grass. One of the women doesn’t have a shirt

on. This is the 70s in San Francisco - it’s just how it is.

A young woman jogs by in a skimpy seventies jogging outfit.

Her unharnessed breasts bounce happily along. Comic stars

appear on her nipples and bounce away. Minnie looks down and

takes a quick peek at her own less ample breasts.

Pink (01/08/2014) 22.

She struts to the music. She leaves animated footsteps in her

path.

Minnie does a little skip, and the music swells and cuts out.

3 EXT. MINNIE’S HOUSE - STREET 3

Minnie runs up and into a Victorian style apartment building.

5 INT. MINNIE’S HOUSE - THE LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS 5

Minnie enters, startled to find her mom, CHARLOTTE, a hip

woman of 34 who wishes she were 25, and GRETEL, 13 and a mini-

Charlotte, pretty and girly, glued to the TV. Charlotte is

still beautiful, though she wears her mistakes on her body.

She sips a gin and tonic. On the TV, news coverage of the

trial of Patty Hearst.

TV ANCHOR:

Patty Hearst, the kidnapped heiress

whose story has riveted the world,

appeared in court again today. She

was described as pallid, dull in

complexion and lacking in energy.

One court reporter described her

demeanor as “zombie-like”.

Minnie tries to sneak past unnoticed. The room is complete

with shag carpeting wall-to-wall, hanging ferns, and colorful

afghans. The picture of Patty Hearst with a gun is on the TV.

TV ANCHOR(CONT’D)

When Ms. Hearst was asked to

describe the closet that her

captors held her in...

CHARLOTTE:

Oh Minnie. Come watch with us.

GRETEL:

(trying to sound grown-up)

Yeah. It’s history in the making.

Charlotte doesn’t take her eyes off the TV.

3.

TV ANCHOR:

Prosecutors brought in Dr. Harry L.

Kozol, an expert on sex-offenders

and mentally ill criminals...

MINNIE:

No thanks.

CHARLOTTE:

(re:
TV)

She’s not mentally ill! F*ck this

guy. Just because she ran away from

her bourgeoisie family and started

over. I know how you feel, Patty!

Charlotte sips her drink, Minnie leans in.

GRETEL:

My teacher said she was

brainwashed. I mean, didn’t they,

like, keep her in a closet?

CHARLOTTE:

No, come on. She’s brave. She

reminds me of my friend Andrea-

she’s searching for something more

real than her privileged bullshit

childhood.

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Marielle Heller

Marielle Heller is an American writer, director and actor. She has received attention as the writer and director of the feature film The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni. more…

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