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According to Greta
Directed by Nancy Bardawil
Produced by Rick Rosenthal
Douglas J. Sutherland
Gary Dean Simpson
Hilary Duff
Written by Michael Gilvary
Starring Hilary Duff
Ellen Burstyn
Evan Ross
Melissa Leo
Michael Murphy
Distributed by White Water Films
Release date(s) Australia:
November 25, 2009 (DVD)
United States:
December 11, 2009 (Theaters)
United States:
January 19, 2010 (DVD)
March 12, 2010 (DVD)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

According to Greta is a 2009 American Independent drama film starring Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Murphy, Evan Ross, and Melissa Leo. Set in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and directed by Nancy Bardawil, making her feature film directing debut.[1]



Greta (Duff) is seventeen, bright, beautiful and seriously rebellious; she's full of sarcasm that barely disguises the hurt inside. Pushed aside by her mother, Karen (Leo), who is on her ninth marriage and counting, Greta is shipped off to her grandparents for the summer. She's 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 is currently compiling a notebook of suicide methods. Greta falls for a charismatic short-order cook (Ross), only to find out he's been in and out of a juvenile correctional facility for stealing cars. Now he's determined to do something with his life, but as their romance heats up, Greta has to overcome the concerns of her grandparents (Burstyn, Murphy) about her boyfriend's criminal past. But soon, a near catastrophe gives Greta a wake-up call and shows her how deeply her own actions impact those around her. Greta's growing love for her elderly grandparents, along with the excitement of her first summer romance, gradually strips away her defenses, revealing the promising, charismatic young woman underneath her shell.[2]



The film is based in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Neptune, according to Steve Gorelick of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission in Newark. "It's being made in the $1 to $2-million-dollar range," Gorelick said. Meanwhile, Kevin Chambers's home on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove was leased for the film production. Chambers has moved out of his home while the film crew rearranges and completes filming there. On October 13, 2007, film crews shut down the train station in Bradley Beach for shooting. The film finished full production in mid November 2007. Later in may 2008 scenes were re-shot. The film name has been changed to According to Greta for the US release, although shown earlier as "Greta" in an L.A. screening.


According to Greta was released into theaters in the United States on December 11, 2009,[3] however, it was a limited release. It was released on DVD on January 19, 2010 in the US and Australia in November 25, 2009.[4] In Germany, a DVD premiere is on the '12th March 2010'. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed. The movie peaked at number 67 on iTunes's top movies on February 27, 2010 but in March 13,2010 the movie peaked at number 58.In March 15,2010 the movie peak once again,this time jumping one spot form 58 to 57.The movie has sold over 200,000 copies on Itunes. In Australia, it appeared in the Top 10 Rentals and Purchased movies for several weeks. [5]


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