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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

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,818,839, 7 March 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,621,340, 5 January 2013
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film differs greatly from the novel. Much of the adult content in the novel, including a rape sequence and Abigail's affair with the detective, was removed in order to keep the film at a PG-13 rating. This effectively changed the target audience of the film to preteens and teenagers (which was apparent in box-office records), as opposed to the adult target audience of the book. See more »

Goofs

In the mall scene there is a "First Act" drum set in the background scenery. First Act musical instruments did not begin until 1995. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References King Kong (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Song to the Siren
Written by Larry Beckett and Tim Buckley
Performed by This Mortal Coil
Courtesy of 4AD Ltd
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Like a bag of jelly beans... but not in a good way.
30 April 2010 | by imanerd115See all my reviews

If you read the book, please don't see the movie. I repeat, if you read the book, please don't see the movie.

I just read the book, and was by a RedBox and decided to see how well Jackson could put such a beautiful, poignant novel into a movie. I should have known, when it was so short, that it couldn't be any good. But honestly, I was appalled at just how bad it was.

The one thing that can be said is the actors did a wonderful job, and it's pretty. There's a couple good scenes in it, but overall, it's just sad.

They kind of took several flavors of jellybeans and threw it into a bag. It has nothing to do with anything. I did not get buttered popcorn, I did not get cherry, I did not get strawberry daiquiri. I just got a lot of sweet, bean-shaped tidbits that kind of, halfheartedly formed something resembling a plot.

The book made me sob. The movie? It kind of confused me.

It was so bad, I started making notes on green sticky notes and sticking them to the bottom of my television.

I would so not watch this. Don't bother.


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