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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.


Peter Jackson


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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


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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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovely Bones See more »


Box Office


$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:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Saoirse Ronan (Susie) would later star in the movie The Host (2013), which also stars Jake Abel. Jake Abel also has a small role in this film, as Clarissa's boyfriend. In The Host (2013), Abel plays Ronan's love interest. See more »


In Susie's photo album that her father flips through, there is a picture of a Smurf figurine at the top of the right page. While Smurf figures were around in the 70s, that particular Smurf (a singing "rocker" Smurf with a microphone) wasn't released until the late 1990s. 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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Despite the solid efforts made by Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and Saoirse Roan, they still can't stop Peter Jackson from driving this film off a CGI Cliff.,
4 February 2010 | by demystifieldSee all my reviews

Peter Jackson's unhealthy obsession with CGI truly drives his film off a cliff in his poor adaptation of the novel "The Lovely Bones" Jackson forgoes the book's intelligence and intricate story and puts in an unhealthy obsession for the sensational that drives a wedged between his actors, who really are working with nothing and the viewer, who is left with a empty feeling after the film is over. The characters are nothing but objects for Jackson to manipulate in order to put in more CGI shots and their story is forfeited for a child like look into death, but with out the reality and complexity of the grieving process.

Rachel Weisz, who is one of the most gifted and versatile actresses working today is giving little to do while in the book, her character is the most complex of the entire novel. Despite this, Weisz does a great job, giving the movie more heart and complexity with the little that she's given to work with than what the film does for itself, making a small dent in the parade of mindless CGI that Jackson puts on screen. Mark Wahlberg faces the same problem, giving a good performance that has no support from the director. Susan Sarandon does as much as humanly possible by giving humanity to her striped down and degraded character, who in the book is much more than the comic relief that Jackson tries to puts on screen and Stanley Tucci manages to give a tight performance as the creepy neighbor despite Jackson's unhealthy obsession to make him the main character of the film. Tucci brings dignity and substance to this character, while Jackson tries to exploit him. Last and not least, Saoirse Ronan does wonders with her role, which also stripped bare from the novel. Her character in the book had a complex innocents that had many layers of conflict while in the film, she's basically held as a angel in Peter Jackson's mind. Jackson puts on rosy color glasses when he deals with the character of Susie and that's where he goes really wrong because he does not make her a real person, he makes her an unreal angel that was with out fault.

Peter Jackson not only hurts his own film but hurts the actors who made an effort to be faithful to the heart of the book as well, making this adaptation very painful to watch.

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