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Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 20 March 2008 (Australia)
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A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

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Cathy Randall

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Cathy Randall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danielle Catanzariti ... Esther Blueburger
Cassandra Jinman Cassandra Jinman ... The Slug
Talia Monaghan Talia Monaghan ... Ribbon 1 / Missy
Yen Yen Stender Yen Yen Stender ... Ribbon 2 / Lissy
Laura Kettle Laura Kettle ... Ribbon 3 / Demi
Lucy Carey Lucy Carey ... Ribbon 4 / Sienna
Tisha Adey Tisha Adey ... Ribbon 5 / Prudence
Leticia Monaghan ... Prefect / Cynthia
Christian Byers ... Jacob Blueburger
Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Sunni
Essie Davis ... Grace Blueburger
Edwin Hodgeman ... Rabbi
Russell Dykstra ... Osmond Blueburger
Vanessa Downing Vanessa Downing ... Music Teacher
Poh Ling Yeow Poh Ling Yeow ... Sales Assistant
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This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from her Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni.., the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes away from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni's far breezier and super-hip single mom Mary and attend Sunni's forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student. Written by Anonymous

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A hilarious coming of age comedy See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Czesc, jestem Esther See more »

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Budget:

AUD6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$780,730
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Esther Blueburger first came to life in the imagination of writer-director Cathy Randall, who left behind her career as a journalist in Australia when she won a scholarship to the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood. There Randall began writing about Esther in a laugh-out-loud script that went on to win an Australian Writer's Guild AWGIE award nomination for best unproduced screenplay and ultimately led to Randall's partnership with producer Miriam Stein, who then kicked the production into high gear. See more »

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When Jacob and Esther are pretending to be their parents at the dining table and Jacob slides the salt and pepper towards Esther, in the next shot the salt and pepper are seen passing each other going in different directions. See more »

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Rabbi: [Practice chanting in Hebrew for the Bat Mitvah]
Esther BlueburgerJacob Blueburger: [Mimicking Hebrew] Bumfuck, vagina schmuck.
[Continue mimicking]
Rabbi: [Chanting in Hebrew]
Esther BlueburgerJacob Blueburger: [Mimicking Hebrew] Asshole...
Rabbi: [Corrects the Hebrew word]
Esther BlueburgerJacob Blueburger: [Continue mimicking Hebrew] ... Sodomy.
Rabbi: [Shocked reaction]
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Features Fritz Gets Rich (2005) See more »

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Be A Woman
Written by Dave Faulkner (as D. Faulkner)
Performed by Persian Rugs
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The story of a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in...and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out.
18 March 2008 | by ncotwsdSee all my reviews

Esther Blueburger's (Danielle Catanzariti) quest begins when she escapes from her Bar Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni (Keisha Castle-Hughes), the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes AWOL from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni's far breezier and super-hip single mum Mary (Toni Collette) and attend Sunni's forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.

Finally, here is an intelligent film for teenage girls! This film manages to be funny and uplifting while exploring some more serious themes, of family and peer relationships. The scriptwriter and director, Cathy Randall, and the star, Danielle Catanzariti are new talents and people to watch in the next generation of Australian film. Congratulations to all involved!


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