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.


Mike Mills


Mike Mills
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Bening ... Dorothea Fields
Elle Fanning ... Julie Hamlin
Greta Gerwig ... Abbie Porter
Billy Crudup ... William
Lucas Jade Zumann ... Jamie Fields
Alison Elliott ... Julie's Mother
Thea Gill ... Gail Porter
Vitaly Andrew LeBeau ... Young Jamie Fields (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


Love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in 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 three 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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Annette Bening and Elle Fanning co-starred in Ginger & Rosa (2012). See more »


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Jamie: What's it like? For girls.
Julie: What? Sex?
Jamie: Orgasms.
Julie: Do you really wanna know what it's like?
Jamie: Yeah.
Julie: I don't have them.
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This Heart of Mine
Composed by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Fred Astaire
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too personal
20 January 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

The status of "too personal" could be its basic virtue. and its sin. because it represents a chronicle. about "80 decade, about family life in large sense, about sexual education and motherhood. and, sure, about freedom. in same measure, it is a film with precise target. remembering independent films, near to every day details too much, it is the film who could be an experience, usuful in profound sense, or just waste of time. but, out of that too easy definitions, it is an admirable work. for script, performances - the kind of film in which each actor seems be the only wise choice for his character - but, first, for Annette Bening who does a magnificent job as middle age mother, in war against her past, insecure about future, without courage to become herself, appentice of her son, discovering the essence of life next her friends. a great film. really !

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Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twentieth Century Women See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$111,200, 1 January 2017

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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