The Lovely Bones Movie Poster
  • Released
  • December 11, 2009
  • PG-13, 2 hr 15 min
  • Drama
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 1,727 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that director Peter Jackson's drama based on Alice Sebold's best-selling book The Lovely Bones centers on the aftermath of an enormous tragedy: the death of a child (though the actual death itself isn't shown on screen). The intense subject matter -- murder and molestation -- may overwhelm younger teens. Although the movie's messages about love and loss are ultimately positive, the film is often deeply sorrowful and, at times, quite violent (images include dead bodies, bloody clothes, and more). Language includes mostly name-calling; there's also some kissing, and one older character smokes and drinks in front of children.

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