According to Greta

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According to Greta
According to Greta film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNancy Bardawil
Produced byRick Rosenthal
Douglas J. Sutherland
Gary Dean Simpson
Hilary Duff
Written byMichael Gilvary
StarringHilary Duff
Evan Ross
Michael Murphy
Ellen Burstyn
Whitewater Films
Rafter H Entertainment
Anchor Bay Films
Greta Productions
West of Midnight
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment
Whitewater Films
Release date
  • November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25) (Australia; DVD)
  • December 11, 2009 (2009-12-11) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

According to Greta (released as Surviving Summer in the United Kingdom[1]) is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nancy Bardawil and starring Hilary Duff, Evan Ross, Michael Murphy, and Ellen Burstyn.


Greta is 17, a bright and beautiful young woman. However, she is also rebellious as a result of her turbulent home life. Pushed aside by her mother, Karen, who is on her third marriage, Greta is shipped off to her grandparents for the summer. She is not happy about it and neither are her grandparents. 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 attitude results in her being offered a job as a waitress at a local seafood restaurant. While working there, her odd sense of humor makes her attractive to many customers. Greta falls for a charismatic short-order cook named Julie. When he reveals to her that he was once incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility for stealing cars, Greta is even more attracted to him. Julie tells her that his experience made him determined to do something positive with his life and he attempts to convince Greta to not give up on hers. He is alarmed when he sees Greta's "suicide list".

Although Greta's grandparents Katherine and Joseph are initially concerned about her boyfriend's criminal past, Julie proves himself worthy of their trust and demonstrates that he truly does care for Greta. Joseph tells him about Greta's father, who committed suicide in front of Greta when she was very young. Julie also demonstrates his respect for Greta when she attempts to lose her virginity to him. He tells her he will not be one of the thing she checks off of her "to-do list" and that it has to be another time.

The police come as a result of neighbors having seen Julie come in through the upper story window. At first the grandparents are upset with Julie for being there. Greta is called inside to talk with them and she explains to her grandparents he was there at her request. The grandfather goes outside and squares things with the police. Julie then explains to the grandparents that he sincerely cares for Greta.

While the four are out sailing in Joseph's boat, Greta attempts to drown herself. When Julie rescues her, the fright causes Katherine to have a mild heart attack. Katherine is given a positive prognosis by a doctor and she and her husband stay the night at a local hospital. Julie is mad at Greta, telling her that she should appreciate the life she has. The near catastrophe gives Greta a wake-up call and shows her how deeply her own actions affect those around her.

Once Katherine gets back from the hospital, Greta is determined to show her how sorry she is. Katherine, however, is still furious at her, telling Greta she does not even know what she is sorry about. She and Greta have a heart-to-heart conversation, although they are interrupted by Greta's mother, Karen, and her current husband, who have come to take Greta to a summer boot camp. The grandparents are shocked at Karen's abrasive behavior.

Greta runs away to talk to Julie who tells her that she is indeed very messed up, but a boot camp will never help her if she does not want to help herself. Julie's advice calms Greta and she returns to the house to find her mother has already packed up her things. Joseph arrives and interrupts them all telling Karen that Greta does not need a boot camp, she needs love, and that Greta and Karen will both be staying with them.

The three women bond looking at old pictures and the film ends with Greta leaving her suicide notebook in the ocean and in a voice over (letter to her mom) thanking her for letting her stay for the rest of the summer with her grandparents.



The film is based in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Neptune,[2] 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 had moved out of his home while the film crew rearranged and completed 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 was changed to According to Greta for the US release, although shown earlier as "Greta" in a Los Angeles screening.


According to Greta was first released in Australia on DVD on November 25, 2009. The film received a limited release in theatres across the United States on December 11, 2009,[3] later followed by a DVD release on January 19, 2010 in the US,[4] on March 12, 2010 in Germany,[5] and on June 21, 2010 in the United Kingdom. The film was released under the alternative title Surviving Summer in the UK by Icon Home Entertainment.[6]

The film had a rating of 1.25 million viewers on its December 28, 2011, broadcast on The CW, becoming the most watched film of the week.[7]


It currently holds a rating of 3.4/5 on Rotten Tomatoes based on 2,725 reviews.[8]


  1. ^ According to Greta. "Surviving Summer". BBC. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  2. ^ "Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn And… Ocean Grove Star In "According To Greta" (Exclusive) | The B Plot". 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  3. ^ Busis, Hillary (2009-11-20). "Hilary Duff gets bratty in 'According to Greta' | PopWatch |". Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  4. ^ According to Greta. "According to Greta: Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Murphy, Evan Ross, Nancy Bardawil: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  5. ^ Release dates for According to Greta (2009), IMDb
  6. ^ "News: Surviving Summer (UK - DVD R2)". DVDActive. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  7. ^ "TV ratings: 'Criminal Minds,' 'CSI' give CBS an easy victory Wednesday - Zap2it". 2011-12-29. Archived from the original on 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  8. ^ "ACCORDING TO GRETA (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 July 2015.

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