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According to Greta [Import]

Hilary Duff , Evan Ross , Nancy Bardawil    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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A young suicidal and rebellious teen gets sent to her Grandparents for the summer where life takes an unexpected turn.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird! April 30 2010
Format:DVD
Not Hillary Duff's best performance, I found it a bit weird for her, but the message behind the story was decent. I don't know if I would reccoment this to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film & Hilary Duff's finest performance Dec 18 2009
By Last Son of Gotham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Just saw this film at its Santa Monica, California, premiere. It is truly a shame that the movie is not being distributed in theatres and instead is going direct to DVD & Blu-Ray. I hope the DVD contains some extras, especially a commentary, all of which were sadly lacking on the DVDs for Hilary Duff's earlier small, independent films of "War, Inc." and "What Goes Up."

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.

Another surprise performance is given by actor Evan Ross, who plays Julie, a restaurant line cook with a shady past, who is committed to living as responsible and ethical a life as possible. Next to Duff's substantive performance, Ross' own poised and balanced performance will likely be a highlight of the film for viewers. In the movie, Greta and Julie become co-workers and eventually strike up a romance, one that comes off naturally, even in scenes of interpersonal character unease. But Greta's hardened attitude about life, her sharp hurtful words, and manipulative actions towards Julie, as well as her grandparents, threaten to drive those closest to Greta away, even as they all labor to help her see life's gifts.

Standing behind inter-relational tensions, is a haunting secret from the past. Will the recognition of this painful experience finally push Greta to take her life? Or can her grandparents and Julie -- or more pointedly, can she herself -- help transform her great pains into a realization for the sanctity of life? Check out the movie and find out for yourself.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young woman transforms before our very eyes... Feb. 25 2010
By Esperanza Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This movie review is part of my obligation to Amazon for accepting to be a member of the Vine program, a club of selected customers that provide opinions about "new and pre-released items." We enter this club by accepting free copies of products but we promise in return to submit an opinion.

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.

Don't miss it!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilary's Best Piece of Work to Date Jan. 12 2010
By J. Laem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I should probably start off by saying that I am a HUGE Hilary Duff fan but I also like to think of myself as a person who is really good at giving unbiased opinions. I understand that movie critics do not think very highly of Hilary and I can understand that since the movies she has done have kept her in the "tween category" (even though I really like those movies because they make me happy). "According to Greta" is one of the many slew of movies that Hilary has been a part of lately to help move her more in a direction of a young adult actress (others including "War Inc.," "What Goes Up," and her guest appearance on "Gossip Girl") and this is by far her best acting display. She is very believable as the rebellious, super sarcastic and suicidal teenager forced to stay with her grandparents for the summer. I have to say that I also enjoyed all of the side characters just as much in this film. Her grandmother, grandfather and boy interest were well played and allowed the film to seem very real.

It is unfortunate that it took SO long for this movie to come out (I believe filming finished in late 2007) and when it came out in theaters it was only in L.A. For this reason I encourage everyone to buy or rent this because it truly is a great film. It is an indie, low budget film but it is still very enjoyable. I'm very happy for Hilary, she is still young and can still go far places with her acting career. I wouldn't say this is her big break but it is definitely a huge leap in the right direction for her.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take My Advice. Trust Me Oct. 16 2011
By S.O - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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I literally JUST finished watching this movie. The credits are rolling.
I had to write the review as soon as possible.

I see that on here, ACCORDING TO GRETA has some negative reviews. Quite a few, in fact. From what I've seen (because I wanted to do my homework), most of the issues are that the character is too dark or because this movie isn't very good for our kids. Some say Hilary is too old for the part, and some say the character herself is very unrealistic. Finally, some say that the acting wasn't very good. Listen to my take on this.

AN OVERVIEW: Greta is a troubled seventeen-year-old who is sent by her mother to live with her grandparents because her attitude is affecting her mother's marriage. She has a notebook she carries around everywhere which is basically a bucket list of things to do before she kills herself (This is revealed in the first five minutes of the movie and is not a spoiler). Then she meets a guy (and listen to me when I say that the guy isn't even the point... this is not a boy meets girl love story; in fact, he's only used as a tool to bring some messages and revelations across). I won't say anything else.

THE ACTING: I have to clarify this very instant that I started this movie with an open mind, which is how it is supposed to be watched. Let me make it clear that Hilary Duff's acting is good. There are no 'but's. I find the people who claim that it was poor representation or that the character herself is unrealistic, mistaken, as GRETA reminded me of a friend of mine who is very similar to her (although not suicidal). Hilary portrayed the character VERY well, and I did not think she looked too old to be seventeen, as I am seventeen myself and can say this confidently. Be patient with the movie (not that it required much of it from me), and you will find that the acting is actually more realistic than in most movies, which is why it comes across as unique. Hilary reminded me a little of Kristen Stewart from 'Welcome to the Rileys', although GRETA was released before that. Which actress is better? That is up to you to decide.
And speaking of 'Welcome to the Rileys', Melissa Leo is also in this movie.

THE POINT: ACCORDING TO GRETA should be one of those movies that every single teenager in the world must see, as it has lots of morals in it, and does not at all come across as trying hard to show them. Not in the slightest, actually. This is NOT a chick flick. This is NOT a love story. This is a movie about growing up and should be treated as a mature movie. FORGET about any other movies any of the actors have done; treat this movie as something different from the moment you pop it in. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

AUDIENCE: Who this movie is for? O.K., this is VERY IMPORTANT: The movie is rated PG-13. I, however, would advise that the movie should not be shown to anyone below the age of 15. Because just when you think you can keep up with the tone it has set, you find out some VERY dark and VERY deep and disturbing stories. I Loved it because it gave the movie maturity that flowed easily and made it look nonchalant.

ACCORDING TO GRETA really is something special, and I honestly can't wait until I share it with my friends. And I'm a guy. That's saying something.

Five stars. There is nothing I would change. There are a lot of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a Behind-The-Scenes featurette, so enjoy.

Take my word for it, people: It's great. Just approach it with an open mind.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Storyline With Fresh Characters March 23 2010
By Marion - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Even though this is an old storyline, teen angst with thoughts of suicide, this movie's characters made the story fresh. Hilary Duff gives a realistic performance as the title character, a 17-year-old who's trying to figure out who she wants to be in the midst of a troubled, broken family. Her mother seems to care only about her current relationship, and her father killed himself when she was very young. Greta's mother ships her off to stay with her Gram (wonderfully played by the talented Ellen Burstyn) and Gramps (an enigmatic Michael Murphy) in the small town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, for the summer. Greta views her stay as 'an imprisonment' and sets out to be a total bad girl, but does find some redeeming moments as the movie progresses.

In her journal which she keeps with her at all times, Greta keeps two lists: one of things she wants to do before she dies and one of suicide methods. Greta's grandparents both try to help her, but really don't know how to deal with a depressed teenager. Greta meets Julie, a black teenager who was once in juvenile detention is now a short-order cook with dreams of becoming a chef, and the two begin the age old dance of romance. Just when we think that Greta's relationship with Julie has helped her to mature, the bottom falls out. This movie successfully touches on teen suicide in a way that captures the emotional struggle involved in growing up and learning to respect and love yourself. Watch this movie with a teen in your life.
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