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'Diary of a Teenage Girl' aims for a coming-of-age rarity
'Diary of a Teenage Girl' aims for a coming-of-age rarity

The coming-of-age movie is a genre as common as movie-theater popcorn. But there have always been some important qualifiers. For one thing, a good number of them are of the PG variety that deal only cursorily, if at all, with hormonal and other adult-minded‎ changes young people go through. Maybe more important, the overwhelming majority of these films are about and aimed at boys. Think of the best ones-- "Stand By Me," "Almost Famous,” “Dead Poets Society." There’s almost always a Y chromosome at the center. The best coming-of-age movie in recent memory was even called “Boyhood." That’s a pretty striking imbalance, and...

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