Review: 20th Century Women

Women are Power in 20th Century Women.
20th Century Women is the story of a single mom and boardinghouse landlord, Dorothea, who recruits her two female tenants, Julie and Abbie, to help parent her teenage son to become a man in 1979 California. Since the three women fall into different age groups, their approach to how to help mold 15 year-old Jamie into a man causes them to clash at times.

This movie was boring to me because it didn’t have any plot twists or surprises. Most of the things you assumed were going to happen actually happened which left me bored and wondering when it was going to end.

I did enjoy the characters however because of their like-ability. They were quite relatable and since they were each presented in documentary form with their name, explanation of personality/background and birth year, I found myself getting a real understanding of who they were which was refreshing.

I also liked how they magnified the approach from the women helping to raise Jamie being that they were from different generations - Dorothea a mature woman, Abbie in her late 20’s and Julie an older teenager. Each one thinking their method was better than the other with Jamie keeping them on their toes.

If I were you I would save this movie to watch at home because of the lack of twists and turns but it wasn’t awful enough totally skip.

2 out of 5

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Ashley Ashley (Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi


Elizabeth Parker said…
I agree re: the characters on this one, they were interesting but the movie as a whole was kind of boring. My review is out tomorrow.
kaitb1103 said…
Can't wait to see this movie!
jimorris said…
Some corrections - there were two separate boarders - a man and a woman. That younger female was a neighbor who liked the son's company and platonically shared his bed.

Know that a major supporting role is Salem "cancer sticks".
Ashley Bell said…
Can't wait to read your review! The characters were definitely one of the only things keeping my interest in this movie
Elizabeth Parker said…
Here you go: :)
Ashley Bell said…
Thank you for your corrections! I included Fanning's character as a boarder because Dorothea referred to her as a tenant since she was there so often during the movie in the house and I didn't include the male tenant as part of the male-molding crew because he wasn't included directly since Jamie wasn't really fond of him. Also agreed about the cigarettes!
Ashley Bell said…
Let us know if you like it!
Alice Dressler said…
So wierd! It was a real snooze!
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