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20th Century Women (2016)

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The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.

Director:

Mike Mills

Writer:

Mike Mills
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Bening ... Dorothea Fields
Elle Fanning ... Julie
Greta Gerwig ... Abbie
Billy Crudup ... William
Lucas Jade Zumann ... Jamie
Alison Elliott ... Mrs. Hamlin - Julie's Mother
Thea Gill ... Gail - Abbie's Mother
Vitaly Andrew LeBeau ... Young Jamie (as Vitaly A. Lebeau)
Olivia Hone Olivia Hone ... Julie's Sister
Waleed Zuaiter ... Charlie
Curran Walters ... Matt
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Julian
Alia Shawkat ... Trish
Nathalie Love ... Cindy
Cameron Protzman ... Teen in Therapy
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Storyline

Love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in the the late 70's. The ignorance of a free spirit against the needs of a young man trying to find his true character and beliefs. Living in a bohemian household shared with 3 like minded spirited people to help pay the rent, his mother tries to establish bonds that he cannot deal with. She cannot deal with his inability to talk, and enlists the help of other females in his life to share the burden of his upbringing. Slowly life unravels for them all without understanding how. In spite of their perceived struggles, they all go on to live defined lives without any serious consequences. Written by Peter Cox

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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A24 Films | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twentieth Century Women See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$111,200, 1 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,663,855, 28 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,757,620, 21 March 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Annette Bening and Elle Fanning co-starred in Ginger & Rosa (2012). See more »

Goofs

Black Flag's 'Nervous Breakdown' EP was released five months before the scene in which it appears, but the 10" pressing shown did not appear until the '90s. See more »

Quotes

Dorothea: What is that?
Abbie: It's The Raincoats.
Dorothea: Can't things just be pretty?
Jamie: Pretty music is used to hide how unfair and corrupt society is.
Dorothea: Ah, okay so... they're not very good, and they know that, right?
Abbie: Yeah, it's like they've got this feeling, and they don't have any skill, and they don't want skill, because it's really interesting what happens when your passion is bigger than the tools you have to deal with it. It creates this energy that's raw. Isn't it great?
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #46.4 (2017) See more »

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The Big Country (Remastered Version)
Performed by Talking Heads
Written by David Byrne
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Meh, Benning and the Soundtrack basically carry this bland film
1 February 2017 | by anand-peralaSee all my reviews

This was a pretty dull and pointless self-indulgent film that was only made interesting thanks to Annette Benning's talent and the soundtrack (especially if you were ever into the punk scene). Other than that, most of the delivery is bland and dull, the story basically goes nowhere, and I didn't really care much about the characters fate (although I did smile when they talked about Abbie's ending).

The story basically revolves around the life of a teenage boy in suburban Southern California, who lives with his mom, two renters, including an artsy woman who gets him into the punk scene, and an aging hippy man who doesn't say much of interest. He also has a girl who is close to him, but doesn't have sex with him. However, she often talks about her other sexual partners, which is a source of obvious frustration for him.

There is really nothing special about this family at all, and their conflicts and "struggles" are so ordinary, so bland, so suburban, so narcissistic that I just didn't give a crap.

This might be appealing to those who remember the late 70's, and the punk scene, but otherwise, it's not worth your time.


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