According to Greta

2009 PG-13 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD

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According to Greta

2009 PG-13 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD
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Dumped on her grandparents for the summer by her indifferent mother, acerbic and self-destructive teenager Greta disrupts the elderly couple's staid life on the Jersey Shore. Eventually, a romance helps Greta face down her demons.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby True HD
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Hilary Duff
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Michael Murphy
  • Evan Ross
  • Melissa Leo
  • Maury Ginsberg
  • Vivan Dugré
  • Oren Skoog
  • Kelly Sullivan
  • Tsianina Joelson
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this straight-to-DVD teen drama deals with some mature themes, such as suicide and strained mother-daughter relationships. Although the movie could be used as a good conversation opener about teen suicide, the protagonist, Greta, is not a positive role model. She's unapologetic, rude, selfish, and bratty, not to mention upfront about her plans to commit suicide. The language is pretty mild for a PG-13 movie, with the occasional "s--t" being the strongest word used. Greta and her boyfriend make out, but for once the guy stops the physical relationship from taking the next step. The importance of strong relationships between grandparents and grandchildren is a major theme, so families looking for multi-generational casts may find that aspect of the movie compelling.

Sexual Content

Greta and her boyfriend Julie kiss and make out a couple of times. She propositions him and asks him to get protection, but he refuses and says it's not the right time. Greta walks in on her grandparents, but nothing is shown except their surprised faces.

Violence

It's not violent, per se, but Greta casually mentions her intention to commit suicide. Police officers grab Julie and handcuff him on suspicion of breaking and entering, even though Greta invited him up to her room. In one scene, Greta walks through a dangerous neighborhood, where she witnesses two men getting into a fist fight.

Language

Aside from a few mild insults "stupid," "idiot," "crazy," and the like, the words "s--t" and "bulls--t" are the worst of it.

Social Behavior

Despite Greta's insistence that no one would miss her if she dies, and that her mom would be better off, this movie goes a long way to show that suicide always affects those left behind to mourn the dead. Another clear message is that grandchildren and grandparents could have meaningful, deep relationships if given enough time to interact and get to know each other.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults often drink with dinner at the restaurant.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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