20th Century Women

Rated R 118 minutes 2017

Annette Bening deserves a major acting award for her role as a befuddled single mom in Mike Mills’ “anti-nostalgic nostalgia pic” about a mismatched household in Santa Barbara, circa 1979. The Bening character’s son, played by Lucas Jade Zumann, is the putative catalyst of the piece as a conflicted (what else?) teenager, but Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup do most of the heavy lifting as members of the retinue, in a setting that places a high premium on the philosophical – with smarty-pants dialogue to match. Mills, who made Beginners and Thumbsucker, has this thinking person’s family sitcom-ish thing down pat. (118 min., 2016, rated R) (Kelly Vance)

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Official Site: www.20thcenturywomen-movie.com

Director: Mike Mills

Producer: Anne Carey, Megan Ellison, Youree Henley and Chelsea Barnard

Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Zumann, Alison Elliott, Thea Gill, Vitaly Lebeau, Olivia Hone, Waleed Zuaiter, Curran Walters, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Alia Shawkat and Nathalie Love

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