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To the Bone (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama | 14 July 2017 (USA)
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A young woman, dealing with anorexia, meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

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Marti Noxon

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Marti Noxon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebekah Kennedy ... Penny
Lily Collins ... Ellen
Dana L. Wilson ... Margo (as Dana Wilson)
Ziah Colon ... Angel
Joanna Sanchez ... Rosa
Liana Liberato ... Kelly
Carrie Preston ... Susan
Don O. Knowlton ... Jack
Valerie Palincar ... Mother
Hana Hayes ... Chloe
Keanu Reeves ... Dr. Beckham
Kathryn Prescott ... Anna
Lindsey McDowell ... Kendra
Alex Sharp ... Luke
Retta ... Lobo
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Ellen is a 20 year old woman struggling with anorexia nervosa. In the midst of family problems and her own fears, she is accepted into a group home run by an unusual doctor. Through the people she meets and the journey she takes, Ellen follows a path of self discovery and acceptance that will lead her to a surprising place she never would have thought possible

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Don't fade away.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Bone See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Ciara Bravo also played an anorexic girl on Red Band Society (2014). See more »

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Ellen: I just don't see the point.
Dr. William Beckham: In what?
[Ellen shrugs]
Dr. William Beckham: There is no point. Or, at least, big picture, we don't get to know what it is. Why we live... , why Megan lost the baby... , why that girl killed herself...
Ellen: You're not reassuring me doctor.
Dr. William Beckham: I can't reassure you. This idea you have, that there's a way to be safe, it's childish and cowardly. It stops you from experiencing anything, including anything good.
Ellen: You don't think I feel bad enough already? I know I'm messed up, but you're supposed to ...
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Written by Clementine Creevy
Performed by Cherry Glazerr
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian and Domino Publishing Company Ltd.
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Interesting view, powerful message, but...
30 October 2018 | by vesil_vesalierSee all my reviews

This one's tricky.

It has beautiful shots, great acting, charming potential. It has humor. It has frightening appearances of semi-well known actors thin as paper to pull off their roles. I'm impressed with Lily Collins' acting. I'm impressed with the message that the movie is trying to pull off.

So what's the tricky part, you ask?

There is way too much hinted at that never gets resolution. Some of the house-members get nothing for story. Some of their behaviors never get explanation. Expulsions are hinted at, but never resolved.

What we have here is that tricky realm of trying to make a movie without beating the audience over the head with a message, and that's just plain hard to do. It's a tightrope walk, and should you veer too far over one side (or the other), you're going down.

This is okay if your focus is only on Ellen's story, while you stop caring about the rest of them, but... They bring them too close to Ellen and too close to the nature of what they are trying to combat to simply disregard them later on, which is where you run into trouble with "message movies".

I always think of the tightrope walk that was Norman Jewison's ...And Justice For All, starring Al Pacino. Talk about being beaten over the head with a message... and yet Jewison still managed to make at least an enjoyable story about it.

But it wasn't Rollerball. It didn't have a driving theme throughout the movie that used its message only as backdrop, while it pushed Jonathan E and his quest to find a way to keep playing the game he loved, even while everything and everyone was trying to push him out. There, the message was behind the story, and we still got it.

Here, the message drives the story, and that doesn't nearly work as well.

I will say this, that it does bring to light a lot about eating disorders and the way the world looks at eating disorders, and there certainly is a lot here that works well at trying to understand how difficult it is to heal from such a thing.

I only wish there was a better movie, behind it all.


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