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The Lovely Bones (2009)

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Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

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Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Jack Salmon
Rachel Weisz ... Abigail Salmon
Susan Sarandon ... Grandma Lynn
Stanley Tucci ... George Harvey
Michael Imperioli ... Len Fenerman
Saoirse Ronan ... Susie Salmon
Rose McIver ... Lindsey Salmon
Christian Ashdale ... Buckley Salmon
Reece Ritchie ... Ray Singh
Carolyn Dando Carolyn Dando ... Ruth Connors
Nikki SooHoo ... Holly (as Nikki Soohoo)
Andrew James Allen ... Samuel Heckler
Jake Abel ... Brian Nelson
AJ Michalka ... Clarissa
Tom McCarthy ... Principal Caden
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Storyline

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Written by Anonymous

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The story of a life and everything that came after...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovely Bones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,616, 13 December 2009

Gross USA:

$44,114,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,621,340
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Despite the fact that the violence in the novel had been toned down for the film, Stanley Tucci still had a hard time portraying Mr. Harvey. See more »

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Jack starts developing Susie's 24 rolls of film at the rate of one per month about 6 months after her death. However, according to the article in Harvey's scrapbook, it is at least 4.5 years after Susie's death when Jack collects the final roll. See more »

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[first lines]
Susie Salmon: [voiceover] I remember being really small; too small to see over the edge of a table. There was a snow globe, and I remember the penguin who lived inside the globe. He was all alone in there, and I worried for him.
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Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)
(1971)
Written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway
Arranged and Conducted by John Scott (as Johnny Scott)
Produced by Ron Richman and The Hollies
Performed by The Hollies
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Good effort at extremely challenging adaptation
15 December 2010 | by Larry-115See all my reviews

In navigating the torrent of negativity to which this movie has been subjected, one thing to keep in mind is that it's an adaptation of a very widely read and popular book.

The book itself had a rather sunny disposition, which is ironic as it often was somewhat grislier in detail than the movie. That's because events can be described in words in a grisly way but still be part of an optimistic universe when you are reading -- it works. That doesn't quite happen when you actually see things with your eyes, film is much more literal (strange to say) that literature.

Considering the subject matter, the murder of a young girl, it's a bit unfair to go to the movie and expect to see the book come to life on the screen.

The problem in making the movie, as in any adaptation of magical realism concerning dark subjects, is how to capture the magic without having it jar too much with the realism. That was extremely difficult to do here considering how grim the subject is. So when Jackson uses special effects to invoke heaven, people tend to completely flip out, without really offering their own alternative about how that "should" have been done.

All this adds up to a book that perhaps shouldn't have been adapted for the screen at all. That said, I think the movie is quite a fine one, especially because of the magnificent performances of the two leads, Ronan and Tucci. Thanks to the sweet-faced and deeply affecting Ronan, you'll never forget Susie Salmon. The music is also just fantastic, not surprising as Brian Eno did it -- it's very disappointing that the soundtrack is not available, as it's beautiful and haunting.

I'd suggest seeing it and just let yourself decide if it's a worthwhile experience or not. I found it to be a very good try at adapting a book that by its nature is extremely hard to film. Actually the best way to go at it would be to watch the movie, then read the book, then try to figure out for yourself how you would have done it differently. I suspect that you'll gain a new appreciation for Jackson's movie if you do that.


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