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The Lovely Bones


Jan 15, 2010

Latest Home Video

Apr 20, 2010

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Peter Jackson


Mark Wahlberg
Rachel Weisz
Susan Sarandon
Stanley Tucci
Peter Jackson.


2009 Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks SKG

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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.

Content Details

Why Is The Lovely Bones Rated PG-13?

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

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Lovely Bones...

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.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Lovely Bones.

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.

Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Violence. Coarse Language.
AB PG Violence, Mature Subject Matter.
MB 14A Mature Theme.
ON PG Mature Theme, DIsturbing Content.
QC G Not Recommended for Young Children.

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Lovely Bones...

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.)

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Cynthia says: Feb. 04, 2010

Does any one know if this movie takes that Lord’s name in vain?

Rod Gustafson says: Feb. 06, 2010

Thanks for bringing this up. We went over our notes and discovered our language grade was incorrect. Although language is infrequent, we missed the use of a sexual expletive. We have down-graded the language to a “C”. And, yes, there are two terms of religious deity used in the film.

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