A twenty two year old tries to play a seventeen year old entitled brat that pushes every imaginable button of everyone around her and we are supposed to feel sorry for her and love her in the end. No this movie does not work.
Hillary Duff, (not a bad but not a good actress Lizzie McGuire / Disney captive), is Greta a spoiled entitled east coast bee atch sent off to her grandparents Ocean City house for the summer, mother can't take care of her anymore and is working on her next marriage. The grandparents are played by two wonderful actors, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy. Grams (the annoying name Greta uses for her grandmother) tries very hard to make up for seventeen years of bad parenting in two months. Greta loves to push every one of Gram's buttons and make her angry.
Greta is the perfect bee atch, and that aspect of her character is built perfectly. Poor Greta, her father died when she was younger and now she is taking it out on the world. The world must also notice that this fabulously attractive, brilliant, sensitive, darling is trying to commit suicide. Where the movie stumbles is the horribly predictable humanizing of Greta and how she tries to turn her life back around. The audience is supposed to believe that pulling a wagon of potted plants around and giving them to sad old people is redemption. My reaction to her great change was the same as Grams, I wish you hadn't done that. There's also the predictable 'guess who's coming to dinner' nonsense that backfires on Greta.
Hillary Duff turns in a horrible performance, probably not far from her real personality. The big surprise was Julie, the line cook at the restaurant where Greta works, played by Evan Ross. He was believable, strong, and caring in all the right ways. Ross does not have a long list of films; I expect he will do well in his upcoming films.
The movie is rated PG-13. Given the language and a discussion about condoms, it probably isn't a film for viewers younger than 13. When Greta walks through Asbury Park (the forbidden zone), there is a bit of loud arguing and a person lighting up something indistinct. An adult might recognize this as gang fighting and possibly a crack pipe, but it's a long stretch.
I disliked this film. It was predictable and I did not buy the redemption moment. This was not a dark depressing movie, it was a movie about a girl that thinks she is entitled to everything, is more attractive and sensitive than she really is. Hillary Duff peaked at Lizzie McGuire.
"According to Greta" features a girl coming to grips with maturity and family values. In that, it's probably like a lot of other teen movies. However, "According to Greta" is pretty extreme. I think the movie had potential, but seems like it seems split between two audiences. Hilary Duff and the teen love story seem likely to attract younger kids and teens. However, the plot is pretty dark. In fact, it begins with Greta (Duff) listing various ways to commit suicide. Certainly not a good influence … more
Greta wants to kill herself, Greta gets shipped off to her Grandparents, and Greta spends the summer discovering who she is and why life may be worth living. Not the most original script, but let's face it, most movies end just the way you thought they would and take the path you thought they would take. In `According to Greta' it is mostly about watching the journey. We see into Greta's inner thoughts through diary sequences, a clever montage of doodles, clip art and frantic scribbles. I have to … more
Hilary Duff's performance of a troubled seventeen year old girl is realistic. She, and the writers, create a character which can be identified with and understood. Unlike artificial characters of most movies, Greta is real, at moments she isn't very nice, but at other moments she evokes great sympathy from the audience. This isn't a "teen fluff" movie. There are funny moments, but this is not a comedy. It's not a romance either, yet there are romantic touches. It's basically … more
Many movies explore the difficulties of growing up, but few are as powerful and as moving asAccording to Greta. Hilary Duff is impressively strong as the title character, a 17-year-old who's trying to figure out who she wants to be, or if she wants to be, while grappling with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy and a rocky family life. Her mother (Melissa Leo) has had multiple husbands, and her father, whom she doesn't remember, committed suicide when she was very young. Greta's mother doesn't know what to do with her and wants to work on saving her third marriage, so she ships Greta off to stay with her Gram (Ellen Burstyn) and Gramps (Michael Murphy) in the sleepy retirement town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, for the summer. Greta is angry, resentful, and spiteful, and she makes no secret of exactly how she's feeling. She views her imprisonment in the town as a death sentence, and it may literally be. In her journal, Greta keeps two lists: one of things she wants to do before she dies and one of suicide methods. Greta's grandparents both try, in their own ways, to get through to their granddaughter, but she is depressed, determined to push others away, and obstinately obnoxious. Greta meets Julie (Evan Ross), an African-American teenager who was once in juvenile detention is now a line cook with dreams of becoming a chef, and the two are extremely attracted to one another. Julie is wise beyond his years, having learned not only to accept responsibility for his own actions, ...