This could easily have become a cliched 1970s-era ABC After-School Special (folks of a certain age know what I'm talking about) with a sappy moral at the end to the effect of 'sex is bad, mmm-kay?' The fact that it doesn't is a testament to the vision of the filmmakers. The frank, non-judgmental portrayal of Minnie's tangible sexual acts and intangible sexual thoughts puts this a cut above most coming-of-age films.
"Oh hey, let's remake Fish Tank-Ghost World-Nympho in more disgusting way. Oh, and don't forget to make all characters so dumb, mindless and dysfunctional because the weirder the better taste." it's disturbing not because the main plot but because how PHONY and boring it is. Even American Pie has a heart, not just sex-oriented repetitive. And even if it's diary of a teenage BOY, i still yuck on it.
Coming-of-age movies are so cheesy and neat all the time that they so easily lure into RomComs, but Marielle Heller`s brave look at this now renowned sub-genre (Juno, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) with her subtle style of blending comic techniques and live flesh movie came as a bit surprise. Though the blunt subject matter of the movie and Bel Powley`s brave performance giving it a sweet appetizer. Thumbs up.
We get to see the point of view of a teenage girl about love, sex, drugs and all the emotion surrounding her. The story is told in true, raw and innovative way with just one or two cliche's. The protagonist was great and Wiig proves she can jump from genre to genre nailing each one.The art work is pretty cool also