Movie review: ‘Turn Me On’ finds laughs in teen hormones
Published: July 6, 2012 12:02PM
Updated: July 6, 2012 10:59AM
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Helene Bergsholm plays Alma, a Norwegian teen dealing with growing up and raging hormones, in the comedy "Turn Me On, Dammit!" Courtesy New Yorker Films

From the Norwegian coming-of-age comedy “Turn Me On, Dammit” comes news that will shock many state legislators: Teen girls get horny.

In this raw and frank comedy, 15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) dreams about Artur (Matias Myren), the cutest boy in her small town. But that crush has dire consequences after she tells her friends that Artur exposed himself to her — which he denies. Alas, Alma may not be the most reliable witness, as she’s prone to sexual daydreams that sometimes blur with real life.

Writer-director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, adapting Olaug Nilssen’s novel, humorously hammers home some often-ignored truths about the effects of raging hormones on teen girls.

With a cast mainly of first-time movie actors, led by the endearing gamine Bergsholm (who turned 18 during filming), Jacobsen covers the familiar coming-of-age material from a fresh, engaging perspective.

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‘Turn Me On, Dammit!’

Opens today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; not rated, but probably R for strong sexuality, nudity and language; in Norwegian with subtitles; 76 minutes.