20TH CENTURY WOMEN seems to want to sustainedly tap the profound. It has some things to say about life. Life in a particular place and time w/ specific intergenerational dynamics relevant thereto. Not altogether facile. However, in its striving, the film also liberally spatters itself w/ schmaltz. And I cannot remember any recent movie that takes itself so seriously feeling so consummately like packaged product.
20th CENTURY WOMEN might not be my most favorite film from last year (tough competition! 2016 was indeed a wonderful year for cinema), but damn it was the film with the highest play:pause-and-took-snapshot ratio; be it because of the gorgeous 80's suburban LA imagery, quotable OMSsoture dialogues, or Greta Gerwig/Elle Fanning/Annette Benning doing things.
I almost cried for three times! This film is a roller-coaster of emotions: it's happy and sad and, most important, smart. It paints a feminist portrait of different generations of women without being silly or stuck up. Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Queen Annette Bening (who is long overdue for a Best Actress Oscar) were all fantastic!
Enjoyable, engaging and entertaining. For a title about 20th Century Women it's oddly male-centric and lacking in racial diversity. The film is full of feminist quotes, is told tenderly, renders the emerging punk and skateboarding scenes genuinely and feels like a very personal yet universal story of adaptation and coming of age(s). The characters all have their flaws and wonderful redeeming points. 3.5 stars
Mike Mills' latest far outshines the promise he showed with 'Thumbsucker' and 'Beginners' with this exceptionally well scripted take on motherhood, community and identity both female and male. Performances across the board are quite extraordinary especially the trio of actresses showcasing women of three separate age groups. Bening may have the heaviest lifting here but Gerwig and Fanning both impress here as well.
"Mom, I'm not all men," fifteen-year-old Jamie says in a typical teenage voice. "Well," his mother Dorothea responds, "yes and no." 20th Century Women is a well put-together film regarding the influences of three females in the adolescent life of a young boy. While a bit too frothy and nostalgic at times, the film's heart is constantly in the right place and I won't even begin to argue with this marvelous ensemble.
This was a really good film with some fun performances and a lot of history and insight of the times presented in this film. Also Greta Gerwig is simply amazing here but then again she's always amazing.
20th Century Women is a film about faith: the faith in people, in what they do, how they do it. It’s a film about the simplicity of the mundane, the quest for enlightenment, the humility in the pursuit of understanding. And it’s a beautiful film, a film on the longing for meaning.