20th Century Women Poster

Release Date: December 28th, 2016

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2017

R|1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary
In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women -- Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields' home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor -- to help with Jamie's upbringing.

Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann, Alison Elliott, Thea Gill, Vitaly Andrew LeBeau

Director: Mike Mills

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Annapurna Pictures, Modern People, Archer Gray Productions

Distributors: A24, A24

Keywords: Brooding, Creative, Quest, House, 1970s, Growing up, Car, Emotional, Friend

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  • What makes this droll, darting story about a loose group of family and friends so moving? The answer lies partly in its tone. Mr. Mills seems to have thrown everything he could think of into the mix, dramatic unities be damned, but suffused it all with a poetic sense of life’s goofiness, solemnity and evanescence. show more

  • The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening. show more

  • It’s a tender, introspective film you’ll want to pull in close, hold tight, and keep with you. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)