The best film so far of Carmike Cinema’s Independent Film Series is this wonderful 2008 coming of age flick from Australia.
It stars Danielle Catanzariti as Esther Blueburger, a young Jewish girl desperately trying to find her way through a regimented existence. Esther sees everything at her swank girls school and at home as symmetrical.
She — on the other hand — is not close to balanced and doesn’t seem to fit anywhere.
And when Esther finally finds a fit even the fit isn’t much of a fit.
This is a must-not-miss, charming, delightful and wonderfully funny and very human exploration of teenage girls, adolescence and the challenges presented to us — especially as teens — when we are who we are.
Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Tony Collette also star and are the two name actors you’ll recognize.
Do catch Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger. Writer/director Cathy Randall continues the Land Down Under tradition of quirky characters and the witty, tongue-in-cheek writing and directing style of Baz Lurhmann, Fred Schepisi and Chris Noonan.
Not familiar? Actually you are. Look them up and then head for Carmike Cinemas. It’s the best $5 you spent on a movie in a long time.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Tuesday, April 20 at the Carmike 12. Contact theater for all dates and showtimes.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.