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  • Actors: Hilary Duff, Evan Ross, Michael Murphy, Ellen Burstyn, Melissa Leo
  • Directors: Nancy Bardawil
  • Writers: Michael Gilvary
  • Producers: Hilary Duff, Bert Kern, Christian von Tippelskirch, Douglas J. Sutherland, Gary Dean Simpson
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Jan. 19 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5QU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,357 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZoomZoom on 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excellent film & Hilary Duff's finest performance Dec 18 2009
By Last Son of Gotham - Published on
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A young woman transforms before our very eyes... Feb. 25 2010
By Esperanza Reynolds - Published on
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best movies ever!! :) May 5 2010
By Kody - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie is, without question, the best movie that Hilary Duff has ever starred in. She was brilliant in this film and I have waited 2 years for this movie to come out! I watched it online and I plan on buying it when it is released on DVD & Blu-ray. Hilary Duff really expanded her ability towards acting. I love how the director put Evan Ross as her love interest for the film because these two went perfect together! I especially loved the mature make-out scenes that was shown, especially the bedroom one. Hilary Duff is a fantastic actress and the cast for this movie was put together wonderfully. I simply cannot wait for the DVD to come out and I wished that I could have saw this movie in theaters but I do not think it is going to be released (since producers are always changing the release date). I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Old Storyline With Fresh Characters March 23 2010
By Marion - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hillary Duff Shines In Teen Angst Drama Jan. 30 2010
By Kent J. Smythe - Published on
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Hillary Duff is outstanding as Greta,who is sent by her mother to spend the summer at the Jersey Shore with her grandparents (played by Michael Murphy & Ellen Burstyn)and this girl is NOT a pleasure to be around.

The scenery of the wonderful town is beautifully shot and the soundtrack is very engaging,making for good movie experience. I really enjoyed the nice animated scenes of Greta's journal writings that bumper many of the sections of her summer experience.

This is a good version of a movie that has been made many times before (like Rebel Without a Cause and many others)about growing up and learning what life is really about and this outstanding cast really delivers.

Besides the always outstanding Murphy & Burstyn,I want to mention a great performance by Even Ross,who plays the different race tough kid that has been played in other movies without the skill and tenderness displayed by Ross in an engaging turn that makes you like and respect the kid in the film.

The DVD comes with a making of documentary that's quite interesting as well as some deleted & alternate scenes and an unused different ending.

Overall I enjoyed the film and I wanted to watch all the extras,which doesn't happen with me on most movies.

I wanted to see this movie because Hillary Duff seems to be in good quality pictures and I'm glad I did!

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