The Lovely Bones

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The story of a life and everything that came after... Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing content and images, and some languages.
Released on:
December 11, 2009 (limited)
January 15, 2010 (wide)

Previously Announced Release Dates:
March 13, 2009
Fall 2009

Production Companies:
WingNut Films, Key Creatives

Status: Released

Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Michael Imperioli, Rose McIver, Carolyn Dando

Director: Peter Jackson

Screenwriter: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Drama
About the film:
The story opens in 1973 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. This is a quiet neighborhood in a time before photos of missing kids started appearing on milk cartons or in the daily mail. It was back when people believed things like that didn't happen. Just before Christmas, 14 years old Susie Salmon decides to take a short cut home from school. While she is crossing a cornfield she encounters a neighbor, George Harvey. He wants to show her the underground fort he has built as a clubhouse for the local kids. Susie follows him. She is never seen alive again. The next time the audience meets Susie, she is in her own personalized version of "heaven." It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. She meets Holly, another dead girl, and they strike up a friendship. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it - except the thing she most wants: to be back with the people she loved on Earth. In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life on Earth continuing without her: her family holding out hope that she'll be found, her killer skillfully covering his tracks, the once intense police investigation beginning to wind down. And as she watches, Susie remains powerless to change anything on earth. As months pass without leads, Susie sees her parents' marriage fall apart. Her father, Jack, consumed with guilt over not having been able to protect his daughter, becomes more and more obsessed with catching Susie's killer. Susie watches as this obsession almost destroys her father. In the end, Susie faces a choice. To hold on to her own need for vengeance or to begin to see the world without her in it.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing content and images, and some languages.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $116,616 (3 theaters) | Domestic Total: $44.11 mil.
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    Chinie – VIC
    January 01, 2010 - 22:40
    Subject: Beautiful message.

    This book and movie alike has such a beautiful message about love, life and death. Reminds me of another book I just read which was also from the viewpoint of a dead person; 30-something lady lawyer and mother in search of her own murder mystery. Forgiving Ararat by Gita Nazareth is like the grown up version of Lovely Bones. Try it.

    November 15, 2009 - 15:49

    Okay so i loved to read books that are interesting the begining and the end. And a freidn of mines husband had got her lovely bones singned by the author for a anniversary present. she let me borrow it thinking i may like it! I DID! I've read it twice in under a year and I'll probably read it again! This is my all time favorite book and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read!

    MERLY – to live and die in L.A, california
    September 17, 2009 - 14:19
    Subject: cant wait

    i'm not the average bookworm. i much rather sit down and watch tv than read a book. but a friend of mine introduced me to this book. once i picked it up i couldn't put it down. omg! such a good book. i finished it in 2 days and thats because i had to work and sleep. but if not i would have probably finished it in one day. the other books by alice seabold are pretty good too. i just finished the almost moon, which is about a woman killing her mother. and i am currently reading lucky, which are memoirs of alice seabold. cant wait until this genius come out with her next book. CANT WAIT TO WATCH THIS MOVIE!

    Reply to MERLY
    November 15, 2009 - 15:50
    Subject: Re: cant wait

    I am completly siked to see it too!

    Pearl – Bristol
    August 17, 2009 - 07:09

    Yes - abolutely haunting. I read the book a few years back and thought then it would translate well to the screen. One of the few books I've read which I still remember clearly and look forward to seeing the movie.

    July 22, 2009 - 21:26

    This was definatly one of the BEST books i have read in a long time i am a book store employee so believe me i read alot of books (on avg 8-10 a week) i reccomended this to alot of my customers and it was a hit all around. hopefully the movie will be just as good. i'm sure Mark Wahlburg will do a great job with it. he always plays a phenomal bad guy!

    Joe – Orlando
    June 25, 2009 - 11:13

    Great book, although the ending was anti-climatic. Hope that don't hollywood-ize this toomuch

    deidraaa – caliii
    February 24, 2009 - 16:16

    the book is amazing.
    if the movie fails to bring up the excitement and fails to tell the story the RIGHT way, i will be seriously disappointed.
    btw, i love mark wahlberg

    m kar – ky
    February 05, 2009 - 19:52

    The book is absolutely haunting. Hope the movie can match up.