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The Lovely Bones

The Salmon family (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon) is struggling to deal with grief and fear after the disappearance of their 14-year-old daughter and granddaughter. Meanwhile Susie (Saoirse Ronan), who is caught somewhere in the afterlife, watches and wishes she could tell them who murdered her. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 135
Theater Release: 15 Jan 2010
Video Release: 20 Apr 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How do Susie’s parents grieve differently over her disappearance? What impact can the loss of a child have on a couple and the rest of the family? The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy offers ideas for families facing the death of a child.

Founded in 1984, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is one of several resources for parents and law enforcement officers involved in the location of missing children. The organization offers suggestions for parents to help keep their children safer.

How are child predators stereotyped in this film? What does the script say about misjudging those who may "appear" to be the predatory type?

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