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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dorothea Fields
... Julie
... Abbie
... William
... Jamie
... Mrs. Hamlin - Julie's Mother
... Gail - Abbie's Mother
... Young Jamie (as Vitaly A. Lebeau)
Olivia Hone ... Julie's Sister
... Charlie
... Matt
... Julian
... Trish
... Cindy
... Teen in Therapy
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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

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

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20 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Twentieth Century Women  »

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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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The film is semi-autobiographical, according to Michael Mills. The main cast members are based on one or multiple influences upon Mills from his childhood. Annette Bening's character in particular is based partly on his mother, but with the emphasis on Bening's particular spin on her character. See more »

Goofs

You would think that a movie that is all about understanding women would use the dinner scene to offer men the opportunity to learn the correct pronunciation of "menstruation" (men - strew - A - shun), not "men -stray-shun" or "men - es -stray - shun." See more »

Quotes

Jamie: Why are you fine being sad and alone?
Dorothea: I, uh... I... you... you can't talk to me like that.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #46.4 (2017) See more »

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Fairytale in the Supermarket
Written and Performed by The Raincoats
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Duller than paint drying
8 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Obviously there are two versions of this film in theaters. The one I saw was unbearably slow, boring, badly acted, horribly edited and scored. If someone put a gun to my head and told me to sit through this again, I'd take the bullet and end my misery quicker. Letting Annette Benning look dowdy and her age apparently is being mistaken for acting, while the rest of the cast, all good actors, are left to wander without benefit of dialogue or plot. There seems to be a stab at defining feminism in the 1970s, but good luck if you can figure out the point. The owner of my local theater told me that they were yanking this dog as soon as they contractually could, noting "the managers of the chain should have known better."


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