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The Lovely Bones (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  15 January 2010 (USA)
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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Fantasy

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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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desde mi cielo  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,616 (USA) (11 December 2009)


£6,193,167 (UK) (19 March 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rose McIver, who plays Lindsey (the younger sister of Saoirse Ronan's character Susie Salmon) - is in real life 6 years older than Ronan. See more »


When George Harvey is looking at the scrapbook he has on Lindsey Salmon the first article refers to Lindsey receiving a soccer award on Saturday the 9th of May. The 9th of May occurred on a Saturday in 1970 and 1981 which is incorrect in the context of the film. Furthermore, if one closely examines each of the supposedly different articles they each contain the same exactly phrased paragraphs though in different arrangements, sometimes very incongruously (such as an article about her sister's soccer award containing exactly the same paragraph about a helicopter search for her missing sister as in a previous unrelated article). See more »


[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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References Popeye the Sailor (1960) See more »


Emerald and Stone
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
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User Reviews

Good effort at extremely challenging adaptation
15 December 2010 | by (New York, NY) – See 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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