PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama
A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.
While writing, writer-director Cathy Randall delved fully into today's "girl culture," rife with its well-defined cliques, dangerous bullying, fearless experimentation, and intense image-consciousness, but in a way that Esther Blueburger herself would do so, with an offbeat sweetness and sassiness that give it a fresh, wry view. Randall visited contemporary public and private high schools, but also drew on deeply personal experience and memories. Indeed, Randall admitted there might be more than a passing resemblance between Esther Blueburger and herself at age thirteen. "The story draws on my life experiences but with great warps," she explained. "There are elements of my family in it, for example, I have a twin brother. But I also have a sister, which Esther doesn't. The story also reflects a lot of other people I know and have met in my life."
Do you want to grow up to be a criminal? Is that it? Do you want to land in jail?
Grace Blueburger: We are trying to understand you, Jacob. Why do you have to do things like that?
Jacob Blueburger: It was an accident.
Osmond Blueburger: How is that possible, to accidentally stab someone in the hand with a ...
When Jacob and Esther are pretending to be their parents at the dining table and Jacob slides the salt and pepper towards Esther, in the next shot the salt and pepper are seen passing each other going in different directions.