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Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 For thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking.
Profanity:Some strong language
Nudity/Sex:Sexual references
Alcohol/Drugs:Teen smoking, drinking, drug references
Violence/Scariness:Sad death
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movie
DVD Release Date:July 13, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 For thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking.
Profanity: Some strong language
Nudity/Sex: Sexual references
Alcohol/Drugs: Teen smoking, drinking, drug references
Violence/Scariness: Sad death
Diversity Issues: A theme of the movie
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010

This 2008 Australian film is one of my favorites of the past few years and I am very happy that it is finally available on a US-format DVD. It’s the story of the title character, Esther Blueburger (Danielle Catanzariti), approaching her bat mitzvah and feeling like a complete outcast among the confident and willowy girls at her school. When she meets the free-spirited Sunni (“Whale Rider’s” Keisha Castle-Hughes), daughter of an even more free-spirited single mother (Toni Collette), she decides to re-invent herself. Without telling her parents, she starts attending Sunni’s school, trying out a new, cool persona. And it works.

Until it doesn’t.

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Yes, lies will be discovered and lessons learned. As coming of age stories go, this one is told exceptionally well, with verve, imagination, an outstanding visual sensibility, and a great deal of understanding and compassion for its appealing heroine.

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