According to Greta
(also known as Surviving Summer
in the UK and Greta
in Australia) is a 2009 American independent drama-character study film starring Hilary Duff
, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Murphy, Evan Ross, and Melissa Leo. Set in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and directed by Nancy Bardawil.
Greta (Hilary Duff
) O'Donnell-Humphrey-Monroe is seventeen. She is bright and beautiful. She is also rebellious as a consequence of her turbulent home life. She arms herself with sarcasm that barely disguises her hurt. For example, she often alludes to suicide and to the many ways in which she plans to end her life. Pushed aside by her mother, Karen, who is on her third marriage and counting, Greta is shipped off to her grandparents for the summer. She is not happy about it and neither are her grandparents. In fact, she tells them that she fully intends to kill herself before the summer is over and compiles a notebook of suicide methods.Greta's snarky ways result in her getting a job at a local seafood restaurant. while working there, her odd sense of humour makes her attractive to many customers. Greta falls for a charismatic short-order cook named Julie, only to find out he was once incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility for stealing cars. His experience made him determined to do something positive with his life and he attempts to convince Greta to not give up on hers...Hilary Duff
's darkest and edgiest film to date. The film had a rating of 1.25 million viewers on its December 28, 2011 broadcast on the CW network which made it the most watched film of the week. It currently holds a rating of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes based on four reviews.
- Abusive Parents: There are some implications Greta's mother neglects and un-prioritizes Greta's many problems.
- Her father is revealed to have shot himself in front of her while she was child.
- Anti-Hero: Greta
- Allergic to Routine: Greta mentions she doesn't care about the routine of school, or having a job, or anything like that.
- Always Save the Girl: Julie
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The movies happy ending shows some hope for the family.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: defines this trope.
- Cassandra Truth: Greta does think of committing suicide often nobody believes her though.
- Celibate Hero: Julie
- Conflict Ball: Greta's grandmother intentionally starts fights and calls her the enemy to almost excessive lengths
- Coming-of-Age Story: Of the extremely dark kind. Greta herself wants to avert the whole thing with killing herself.
- Character Development: Greta does eventually apologize, her mother does stop distancing herself from her child, grandmother eventually stops antagonizing Greta.
- Darker and Edgier: Compare to any of Hilary Duff's previous films.
- Daddy's Girl: and Granddad's girl really. She gets along with her paternal people more then her maternal relationships.
- Deadpan Snarker: The movies selling point was "Hilary Duff plays socipathic snarker"
- Defrosting Ice Queen: This story is Greta's defrosting
- Development Hell: Was made in late 07, only got released late 09 and not even on a wide scale.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Greta just keeps referring to random moments of pain almost casually, and everybody has their own secrets.
- The Determinator: Greta.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Often in the first reactions, mostly Greta says stupid/mean things and then says something else mean and everybody gets angry.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:Greta, constantly
- Dismotivation: Julie helps her realize her issues with this.
- Driven to Suicide: Greta, constantly
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Greta insists on this.
- Dysfunction Junction: Everybody in Greta's family has issues and problems
- Dysfunctional Family: The whole family. Greta is an obvious case of a neglected child, with anger issues and suicidal tendencies. Her mother is a self centered woman with the mind of a teenager, her father was driven to suicide by his horrible life, her (third) stepfather is obviously only interested in pleasing Greta's mother's childish desires, her grandmother is a confrontational old fart and her grandfather often downplays the importance of things to the point of irresponsibility.
- Emotionless Girl: Greta tries really hard to be this
- The Eeyore: Greta tries to be this.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The future of the family looks MORBID till about the last half hour where someone steps in and states they need to actually talk and be together and conscience and heal.
- Gender-Blender Name: Julie
- Hates Everyone Equally: Greta, before her character development.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Her Grandma has this problem.
- Hotter and Sexier: Again this is her first roll which mentions sex and she wears some rather sexual clothing.
- I Can Change My Beloved: What Julie believes.
- It's All About Me: Her mother and Greta herself.
- Noodle Incident: Greta refers to many of these through out the film.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother ignores her and her dad kills himself.
- Mood-Swinger: Everybody in this film
- Meddling Parents: Her mother gets in the way any time she makes progress.
- Not Good with People: Only makes one friend over the whole period being in New Jersey. She lampshades it with saying she always says the wrong thing.
- Never My Fault: Greta's mother has this problem
- The Ophelia: three times Greta drowns herself to die
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Hilary Duff playing this role is what makes her lovable
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Greta
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Everybody to everybody.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: During Greta's many drownings a happy summer song plays.
- The Slacker: Greta.
- Sex as a Rite-of-Passage: In her list of things to do before she dies this is right up there.
- Spiritual Successor: Shares some elements of Lizzie Mcguire such as running commentary/drawings and personal journal like expression of experiences.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Greta forces people away with their abrasive attitude while really feeling depressed because they can't get close to anybody.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted and Challenged
- Stopped Caring: Greta at the start.
- Survivor Guilt: May arguably be why Greta wants to kill herself.
- The Sociopath: Everybody has there moments in this film.
- Teens Are Monsters: A slight implication with the dark side of town where Greta is forbidden to go.
- Things Get Real: When Greta's grandmother suffers from a heart issue.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: From Greta to some costumers who she felt weren't living up to their potiential.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: TWO generations of this
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Greta's mother has this implication when she "HAS" to take her too camp to fix her problems.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Everybody except for Greta and Julie.