According To Greta [Blu-ray]
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For those who have doubted Hilary Duff's dramatic talent up until now, "According to Greta" should put those fears to rest. Duff turns in an unquestionably strong performance of a complicated character that will come as a surprise to those primarily familiar with her more tween/teen-oriented work such as the "Lizzie McGuire" TV series, "A Cinderella Story," and the "Cheaper by the Dozen" films. What the audience has borne witness to here is her genuine maturity as an actress and the possible paradigm shift in her career to more serious dramatic fare in the future.
Duff plays the title character of Greta, a 17 year old girl who has been "exiled" to her grandparents' home in New Jersey for the summer, given her mother's own inability to control her daughter and preference for saving her troubled marriage. Greta has decided to end her life once she turns 18, currently reflecting upon which method of death would be most desirable. Simultaneously, she has created a "bucket list" of sorts of things to experience in the final year of her life. The news of Greta's plans come as a surprise to her grandparents, especially her grandmother, played by veteran actress Ellen Burstyn. The Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated Burstyn turns in a fine performance as Greta's "Grammy" Katherine, who is determined to give her granddaughter structure and discipline, and perhaps even aide in finding value in life.Read more ›
Greta is a welcome addition to our movie collection. The plot reveals a young woman who is growing up right before our very eyes, going from a teenager filled with anger and issues of abandonment, to a rebellious girl sent to spend a summer with her grandparents, to a young woman attempting to become independent through a job, where she meets a young man that has had very difficult times and clashes with what he perceives as a person who "could be lots of fun, passionate, but who could get him into trouble again."
The movie started slow, one has to ponder as to where the movie is taking us and soon we find ourselves in the middle of a powerful story of transformation.
Hillary Duff's performance as this 17 year old who is overcoming parental abandonment issues while she figures out who she is and who she wants to be is magnificent. The grandparents, played by Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy are pivotal to her growth, presenting the generational friction necessary for Greta to create a vision for the future.
Without attempting to give the plot away, if you enjoy transformational movies that reveal key elements of personal growth, then this movie is excellent. If you have teenagers in your family, share the experience for them to gain from the lessons learned from this rather dysfunctional family.
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Duff stars as an annoying, rebellious, and bipolar (?) teenager. After her mom grows weary of her antics, she gets sent to New Jersey to spend the summer with her grandparents (BTW: I loved all of the snide remarks about Jersey, especially considering the fact that I work there...). She acts disrespectful to them. Her grandpa, who's somewhat of a pushover, tolerates it while her grandma isn't having that (If I talked that way to my parents or grandparents then they'd take a belt and whoop my behind).
Greta got a job as a waitress and mouthed off to her customers (I'm seriously perplexed as to why she wasn't fired). While at the restaurant, she met Julie (I never heard of a guy named Julie- that's a female name). Julie, who spent time in juvie, was a little rough around the edges. After he becomes aware of her plan to commit suicide, he tried to talk her out of it. A funny scene was when Greta introduced Julie to her grandparents. Even before she knew that Julie was an ex-con, it was clear that her grandma was apprehensive of a black male.
After a stunt in which Greta pretends to attempt suicide, her grandma suffered a heart attack. Then, her mom arrived and threatened to send her to boot camp. It was later revealed that Greta was acting out because she misses her dad, who tragically took his own life. She also wanted to commit suicide since she was afraid of getting old and wanted to live life to the fullest while she was young. Furthermore, her mom has animosity towards her grandparents due to the fact that they kicked her out of the house for abusing drugs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some rated this low, but I absolutely love this movie... i loved the story line the actors and setting. She was a distraught teen who needed love and closure. Love this moviePublished 2 months ago by cindy
wish I would have seen this movie before loosing my granddaughter-would have love to have shared it with her and wish more teen girls would have a chance to view this as everyone... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Blonde
I like Hillary Duff but this was my least favorite movie. It was too crazy and the story line kinda sucked.Published 5 months ago by Rebecca