Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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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.


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  • Keisha Castle-Hughes and Danielle Catanzariti in Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
  • Danielle Catanzariti in Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes and Danielle Catanzariti in Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
  • Danielle Catanzariti in Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

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18 March 2008 | ncotwsd
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| The story of 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 (Danielle Catanzariti) quest begins when she escapes from her Bar Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni (Keisha Castle-Hughes), the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes AWOL from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni's far breezier and super-hip single mum Mary (Toni Collette) and attend Sunni's forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.

Finally, here is an intelligent film for teenage girls! This film manages to be funny and uplifting while exploring some more serious themes, of family and peer relationships. The scriptwriter and director, Cathy Randall, and the star, Danielle Catanzariti are new talents and people to watch in the next generation of Australian film. Congratulations to all involved!

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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."


Quotes

Osmond Blueburger: 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 ...


Goofs

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.


Soundtracks

The Clapping Song
Written by I. Chase
Performed by
Operator Please

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Genres

Comedy | Drama

Box Office

Budget:

AUD6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$780,730

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