Professor Crystal O’Neal
English Composition 1101
TLC 1111 3:30-4:50
“According to Greta”
Many movies explore the difficulties of growing up, but few are as powerful and as moving as According to Greta. In the movie directed by Nancy Bardawil, “According to Greta”, shows the characters are all evolving with the many challenges that arise within the movie, most notable is Hillary Duff who plays Greta. Who transcends her childhood stardom and portrays a vulnerable, slightly-caustic teen who is multi-layered and believable, who throughout the movie realizes that the troubles in life all have answers. This movie certainly stands up as a quirky comedic drama, that will shock many, make some laugh and makes some have that “aha” moment in your life. Alongside Hillary Duff, you have an award winning cast that transports you to believe in this family and its many problems, which in the end teach us all a lesson in life that family is the most important thing, and is worth fighting for. Evan Ross, Diana Ross’s son, 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 practical performance, Ross' own self-confident and balanced performance proves his own talents. In the movie, Greta and Julie become co-workers and eventually start a romance, one that comes off naturally, even in scenes of interpersonal character unease. However, Greta's attitude and outtake about life, and her actions towards Julie, as well as her grandparents, threaten to drive those closest to Greta away, even as they all try to help her see life's gifts. Another award winning cast member is veteran actress Ellen Burstyn. The award winning Burstyn delivered a magnificent performance as Greta's "Grammy" Katherine, who is determined to give her granddaughter structure and discipline, and perhaps even an aide in finding a purpose in life itself. She also shows Greta tuff love that helps her to...
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