20th Century Women (2016) - Comedy, Drama

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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.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning
Length: 119 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 34 out of 94 found boring (36.17%)

One-line Reviews (77)

Surprisingly tedious and talky movie .

20th Century Women: An above-average and enjoyable movie.

Good coming of age film that blends life, love, gender, and the passage of time.

Mills's prowess here to manage to make a completely uneventful story feel convoluted, nuanced and relevant.

remembering independent films, near to every day details too much, it is the film who could be an experience, usuful in profound sense, or just waste of time.

Meh, Benning and the Soundtrack basically carry this bland film .

It deals with the sexual revolution/ female empowerment, a coming of age story, and the effects of aging of women all in one.

This seemed like an unconventional coming of age film and that is basically what this was.

She is an actor I really don't get; she has the ability to seem vacant, and empty, and she strangles the life out of every line, using the wrong emphasis on words so that just about everything she says loses all meaning and becomes a monotone.

JIM'S REVIEW: Mike Mills wrote and directed 20th Century Women, a coming of age drama about a older single mother trying to raise her 15 year-old son in 1979 California with a little help of some friends.

20th Century Women features good acting all-around, with Annette Benning aptly conveying the confusion of a mother whose teenage son displays stirrings of desire to leave the nest.

Realizing that her son is coming of age and with no fraternal influence or strong male role model present she seeks the help of Abbie, a young artist who lodges with the family, along with Julie - her son's best friend, to assist in the upbringing of her 15 year old son, Jamie.

Still, on an audiovisual level the film is undoubtedly engaging, since the bright colours and the turbulent soundtrack create a very vivid atmosphere.

The conclusion he and the movie comes to seems to be that women are necessary but confusing.

She invites strangers to dinner, invites herself to punk clubs, leaves early, and then comes back days later alone.

Overall: Positive (Worth Seeing)While I likely won't watch this movie again, certainly no time soon, it was very enjoyable and worth dragging myself to the city.

What appears to be a coming of age feminist film, turns out to be a wonderfully honest portrayal of multi-faceted relationships in a tumultuous time.

I am always one who enjoys a film without much action that focuses mostly on dialogue and/or relationships, but this film was a bore in all areas.

There are no plot twists or surprises, just interesting characters that actually talk and listen to each other.

'" And it IS a fascinating look at conversations about identity and gender at a particular moment in time in US history.

How long is too long to discuss menstruation at the dinner table?

Other than that, most of the delivery is bland and dull, the story basically goes nowhere, and I didn't really care much about the characters fate (although I did smile when they talked about Abbie's ending).

Benning convincingly portrays the full emotional gamut of the single mother of a teenage boy: overwhelming love; confusion; anxiety; and struggling for, while steadily losing, parental authority.

I always love an unconventional pairing within a story and there was a sensitive exploration of relationships within this film which where fascinating because of the clever combination of differences.

Nothing happened, and the dialogue was just plain dull.

It could be a film about a period of confusion in history, or better said the beginning of many consecutive periods of confusion, when values were eroding and the old generation of leaders were having too many doubts to be able to continue to lead.

"20th Century Women" has a laid back vibe and lots of period detail that will probably appeal to the audience members who were themselves coming of age in the period -- late 70s and early 80s -- in which the movie is set.

This story is so slow, so boring, so meaningless that to give it any consideration for viewing is a huge mistake.

We see both the fascinating side of this movement and some of the absurd side.

In addition to the high school boy coming of age, his mother is coming to old age.

More mundane than narrative could have used more.

This an absolutely uber cool and class movie.. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

The films keeps up the momentum of engaging narrative, music and visuals and even the small intimate moments captivate the attention.

communal confusion .

So boring .

There is zero dramatic tension in this leisurely-paced coming of age, homage-to-Mom film.

But, despite what may seem like the workings of a drab and generic story, she is quite interesting.

The one I saw was unbearably slow, boring, badly acted, horribly edited and scored.

A coming of age story of a teenage boy that is a substitute for the film's director, Mike Mills, this kind of story has been done to death quite frankly.

Gripping, emotional, and unique.

"20th Century Women" is boring and basically pointless.

The cast definitely fill the scenes with life in a compelling manner while you just wish that they could demonstrate their emotional repertoire a bit more.

There is really nothing special about this family at all, and their conflicts and "struggles" are so ordinary, so bland, so suburban, so narcissistic that I just didn't give a crap.

I loved taking the trip back to the 70s, listening to Talking Heads, imagining how exciting New York must have been around then.

It's a coming of age film, with a boy that lives with his single and lonely mother.

Duller than paint drying .

Coming of Age without a Male Influence .

Dreadfully boring.

Boring .

Where Mike Mills's script, as charming as it is, lacks some edge and focus, his directing is compelling and full of interesting ideas.

There's no plot or resolutions in any generic sense.

And predictable.

Here Mills tackles a coming of age tale set in Santa Barbara, California, circa 1979.

The film celebrates female ingenuity and empowerment with its wonderful dialog and an engrossing story, even if there are some missteps on their journey to self discovery.

Don't waste your time with this .

I enjoyed the film , I'm glad I saw it , it could have been better , but it was good enough as it was for an enjoyable slice of entertainment.

This was a pretty dull and pointless self-indulgent film that was only made interesting thanks to Annette Benning's talent and the soundtrack (especially if you were ever into the punk scene).

Paradoxically though Mills doesn't manage to aptly translate to the screen his own sharp and charming script; as whole the film works - and gets its message across (even if it doesn't have to) - but as we're sitting through the film, it feels slightly rusty and slow, almost craving for a bump or a twist.

I for one find it tedious to watch scenes put together without apparent rhyme or reason that go nowhere.

The three women are intelligent, open communicators and Jamie is immersed in a feminised world-view, with a post- hippy handyman friend providing a token male presence.

Real people are sometimes interesting, sometimes boring, and sometimes annoying.

The film is rather uneven and I felt oddly paced, the running time is too long and there is little plot in it.

It features an interesting premise, the performances are laudable, and certain aspects do stand out but it still failed to make the desired impact plus there were times when I was bored by it.

Letting all the main characters share the voice-over narration is an effective move, the camera-work is steady and precise (in contrast for example to the sometimes overtly dramatic and shaky framing of "Moonlight") and shots that could be simple depictions of moving cars become thrilling rides due to a unique choice of "Stargate Sequence"-like beams of colour blurring on a screen making the film regularly look like an old VHS recording when perceived on an acid trip which is (intentionally or not) a very fitting effect within the 1970's context.

The result is a lot of pointless anger, noise as music, and Jamie's growing obsession with — oops, I meant "awareness of" women's genital fixtures.

What a strangely empty, self-indulgent and ultimately meaningless movie this is.

This could be a little bit scaring so I want to reassure you: the present movie is art but is enjoyable nonetheless.

I actually fell asleep.

It's a coming of age story in the book of life.

Coming of age at any age.

While it is an entertaining and engaging comedy-drama, it also asks serious questions about how is it that in the 21st century we still raise men who commit violence against women.

This way too long of a movie never finds it lane, there is (in my opinion of course)just nothing here worth watching.

This movie has a very entertaining and enjoyable story that will make just about anyone smile.

And utterly, boringly pretentious.

As a woman whose mom was born in 1927, I understand so much of the confusion between decades and lives lived.

The five main characters is played brilliantly by these compelling actors.

We enjoyed it.