“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Rated R

1 hour 45 minutes

Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — Let me assure you, it’s only with the most tender loving and sensitive care that the very explicit “Diary of a Teenage Girl” was brought to the screen.

The deeply felt film honestly shows what It’s like for a needy 15 year of coming of age emotionally  and sexually during the 1970’s.

Minnie’s fair game for single mom Kristen Wiig’s good for nothing boy fried Alexander Skarsgard.

The daring film sharply observes the way the world works among those who feel they don’t belong.

When she’s not acting out, and I think you know what I mean, the 15 year old retreats into her own fantasy world.

Fortunately independent movies are now the last refuge for neglected, truly talented women like Kristen Wiig. You also won’t be quite as shocked by the sex when I tell you amazing newcomer Bel Powley is actually 23 years old portraying a 15 year old.

Now we know why “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” walked off with all those film festival awards this year.  It’s a terrific movie that never strikes a false note.  And you know what I’m going to say next, that “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” does what all winners do, earning itself a heartfelt 4 stars. If only there were more such films that touch you this deeply.

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