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Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger2008

  • 3.6
HEY HEY IT'S ESTER BLUEBURGER is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in, and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from her Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni, the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes away from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni's far breezier and super-hip single mom Mary and attend Sunni's forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.

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Pretty canned stuff. A couple of good performances didn't save this movie, whose writing and direction felt to me like product styling bereft of any connection to reality, complete with a cutesy score and "Mean Girls"-style on-screen text to label the different groups of teen girls at school. There's just about nothing to connect Esther and her cohorts to any specific cultural group, time, or place other than Esther's ostentatiously Jewish last name and the characters' Commonwealth accents. God is in the details, which are very much absent here.

For heartfelt, realistic looks at the lives of teenage girls and young women, spend your time instead on BBC's "My Mad Fat Diary" (available in the States on YouTube) or "Blue is the Warmest Color." If you're feeling brave, go for Breillat's "Fat Girl," which I wish was on Fandor.

Love it.