Twentieth Century Women
Bye bye Miss American Pie
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 21 May 2017, 2:20pm
Running time: 118m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Sexual references, coarse language, drug use and nudity)
Release date: 01/06/17
Rating: 5.5/10 (ME 3/5, DP 2.5/5)
Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is a boy growing up in California in the 1970s. His single mother Dorothea (Annette Bening) has an eccentric approach to life, and worries that her age and Jamie's distant father doesn't provide the best environment for an adolescent learning to become a man. She enlists boarders Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and Jamie's friend (Elle Fanning) to help teach him how to grow up.
Twentieth Century Women is a coming of age story as much as a story of a mother's reluctance to let go. It's a sentimental and nostalgic story with a simple unremarkable beauty. It's also frustratingly slow. There's an audience that will love this film, but we're not part of that. The visual styling is interesting with emphasis on placing it in its time, and it works well. The script is well crafted though the story doesn't really do anywhere you don't expect it to go.