So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.
Cast: Annette Bening (LIFE ITSELF , and upcoming films CAPTAIN MARVEL  and THE REPORT ), Luca Jade Zumann (EVERY DAY , and upcoming films TO THE STARS  and DR. BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS ), Elle Fanning (GIRLS/PARTIES , BEGUILED , NEON DEMON , MALEFICENT , and upcoming films A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK  and ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES ), Greta Gerwig (ISLE OF DOGS  and JACKIE ), and Billy Crudup (ALIEN: COVENANT , JACKIE, SPOTLIGHT , MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III , and upcoming films AFTER THE WEDDING  and WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? )
Director/Writer: Mike Mills (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of)
Composer: Roger Neill (DON’T THINK TWICE )
Cinematographer: Sean Porter (GREEN ROOM )
Editor: Leslie Jones (RULES DON’T APPLY  and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE )
This is my honest opinion of: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Set in 1979, a single mother tries to raise her teenage son. But in a decade full of rebellion and anti-authority, he becomes resistant and she is less in touch with pop culture that she understands him less and less. Enlisting the help of the tenants of her home to help “raise” him, to teach him to be a good man, it’s actually a pretty solid movie. If you remember my review of CERTAIN WOMEN (2016), then this is pretty much a better version, but still not a great one. The characters are more identifiable and feels more like a real story of real people going about their lives. Although, as much as I love Elle Fanning, she is obviously just trying to shed her “good girl” image and start doing more adult work. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I’d just prefer if it was done with a more compelling character, like in NEON DEMON (2016). Overall, good film. Not great, but good.
My honest rating for 20TH CENTURY WOMEN: 4/5