The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.


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  • In 1976 San Francisco, aspiring 15-year-old cartoonist Minnie begins keeping an audio diary. She is stirred by her awakening sexuality and wants to lose her virginity. She considers herself overweight and unattractive, but receives attention from boys at school.

    When Minnie's bohemian mother Charlotte is too busy to go out with her boyfriend Monroe, she suggests he take Minnie out instead. At a bar, Minnie and Monroe flirt and she tells him she wants to sleep with him. They begin meeting at his apartment and having sex. She shares the details of her sexual experiences with her friend Kimmie.

    At a comic book store, Minnie sees cartoonist Aline Kominsky signing books. She mails Aline her first comic, about a woman walking through town.

    Minnie sleeps twice with her schoolmate Ricky, but he finds her sexual appetite intimidating. At a bar, Minnie and Kimmie pose as prostitutes and fellate two boys in the bathroom. The next day, they agree not to repeat the experience. Minnie's stepfather, Pascal, calls from New York City and invites her to live with him, but she declines.

    Charlotte loses her job as a librarian. Minnie and her younger sister Gretel ask Pascal for money, and though he is irritated, he sends the family a check. Minnie, Kimmie, and Monroe have a threesome. Minnie and Monroe take acid together and Monroe has a bad trip, convinced they are being watched.

    Charlotte grows suspicious of Minnie and Monroe's relationship, but he persuades her that she is imagining things. Charlotte discovers Minnie's audio diary and Minnie runs away from home. She begins seeing a girl named Tabatha, but when she brings her to a man Minnie does not trust, she returns to her family. She finds a letter from Aline encouraging her to draw more comics. Selling her comics and zines on the beach, Minnie runs into Monroe and they part ways.

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