to the bone movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This complex, painful and difficult to watch drama about anorexia may have a strong impact on many viewers. To the Bone is a moving and touching film with mature themes and funny moments.


Ellen is a 20-year-old woman dealing with anorexia who is challenged to confront her eating disorder and change her outlook on living when she is transitioned to a group home for youths run by a non-traditional doctor.

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Movie details

Director: Marti Noxon
Cast: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Alex Sharp, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Liana Liberato, Kathryn Prescott
Writer: Marti Noxon
Release Date (Australia): 14 July 2017
Runtime: 107 minutes/1h 47m
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film’s themes are mainly concerned with the behaviours of people with anorexia and contains depictions of emaciated bodies. There is also a depiction of a woman after suffering a miscarriage of a pregnancy and references to self-harm and suicide.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains coarse language in the form of uses of “f**k”, “s**t”, “p***y” and “bitch”.

Nudity (PG)

A nude woman is briefly depicted with her buttocks and lower breasts briefly exposed.

Sex (M)

The film contains crude verbal sexual references throughout.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

To the Bone is painful, it’s just so detailed and highly realistic when it comes to the compelling and poignant topic of anorexia. It has it’s really funny and heartwarming moments and an undeniable sense of tearjerking emotions, but it’s a simply effective drama depicting eating disorders, without glamourising the subject or deserving its controversy.

Considering the film is loosely based on experiences with anorexia and recovery by director Marti Noxon, she knows how to touch us with painful details and emotions without overreacting. Especially since star Lily Collins has dealt with a similar history of eating disorders, it means a powerful performance by a realistic lead. But the whole cast delivers performances worthy of higher notice.

The big thing about the impact of To the Bone is with an anorexia-experienced director and actress, it’s gonna make you understand eating disorders. To people who can’t understand people who don’t want to eat, this film will likely change their perspective. It’s very deep, and even heartbreaking at times, but the characters are super convincing. And with an additional dash of romance and sympathetic character development, it’s moving.

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