The Lovely Bones parents guide

The Lovely Bones

Overall C-

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.

Violence C-
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use C-

Why is The Lovely Bones rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Lovely Bones PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.

Run Time: 135 minutes

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Why is The Lovely Bones rated PG-13? The Lovely Bones is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.

This film deals with the mature theme of a child predator who murders his victims. While viewers are spared the gratuitous details of a young girl’s death, a blood-splattered room is seen along with a knife and burlap bag covered in blood. A couple argues, as well as a mother and daughter. A man is hit repeatedly with a baseball bat and fists. Decaying corpses are shown. A character falls to his death. Ominous portrayals of predatory actions are shown. An adult woman smokes and drinks continuously, including while in bed. An older teen is also seen smoking. A married couple is seen briefly kissing and embracing passionately before the lights are dimmed. A woman confesses to kissing an adult male while she was a teenager. Teens are shown kissing briefly. A man comments on watching a teen couple engage in a sexually oriented activity in a cornfield. Afterlife experiences are depicted. Infrequent profanities are included in the script, but do include a sexual expletive, scatological terms and two terms of deity.

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The Lovely Bones
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Violence, Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba 14A Mature Theme.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, DIsturbing Content.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Peter Jackson..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Lovely Bones movie is April 20, 2010. Here are some details…

The Lovely Bones releases to DVD and Blu-ray on April 20, 2010.
The Lovely Bones on Blu-ray includes:
- Filming The Lovely Bones (A production diary hosted by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens that follows the film’s shoot and post-production work on the visual effects.)

Related home video titles:

In The Invisible, a boy is caught in limbo between death and life until he can help those who can’t see him solve the mystery behind his disappearance. In Changeling another mother desperately seeks information about her missing son, even though a boy claiming to be her child has been returned to her. Stanley Tucci has a long resume of movie characters, including many who are far less ominous than George Harvey. He plays the husband of chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia, a political campaign manager in Swing Vote and a power hungry airport director in The Terminal.

The Lovely Bones is based on the novel by Alice Sebold.