20th Century Women

Synopsis: Love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in the the late 70's. The ignorance of a free spirit against the needs of a young man trying to find his true character and beliefs. Living in a bohemian household shared with 3 like minded spirited people to help pay the rent, his mother tries to establish bonds that he cannot deal with. She cannot deal with his inability to talk, and enlists the help of other females in his life to share the burden of his upbringing. Slowly life unravels for them all without understanding how. In spite of their perceived struggles, they all go on to live defined lives without any serious consequences.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Mills
Production: A24 Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 67 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min


When you put your hands into that...

Dirt and feel the Earth Mother.


It look as though,

I'm gonna be in need of a car.

Do you think that you have

something for me out there?


Maybe that '49 Deluxe.

I think we can work something out,

Maybe we'll trade for rent or something.

- Thank you.

- Sure

Okay, got through that one.

Alright, just um.. give me a minute.

And then come out.

My mom was born in 1924.

When she was my age, people...

drove in sad cars to sad houses.

With old phones,

no money or food.

Or televisions.

But people were real.

And when she was 16...

the war broke out and

she had to leave school.

Her dream was to be a

pilot in the Air Force.

She actually went to the flight school.

But the war ended

before she was done.

She became the first

woman to work...

In the continental Can

company drafting room.

Then she met my dad.

And then I came.

And they got divorced.

But people from her time...

never admit anything went wrong.

What do you mean?

I'm sorry, he is too young to have...

an account in his name only.

Little guy.

No, he's a person,

he's not half a person.

And he's not some cute little guy.

He has vision, autonomy and privacy.

He needs a bank account.

Can you do that for us?

Jamie, you can't just keep skipping...

the school and making excuses.

Wait a minute, why not?

Why you can't he just skip school?

If he has a legitimate need to be away.

Well, the I need a

"legitimate" real note from you.

- okay.

- With your real signature.


how did you forged my signature so well?

That is ingenious!

But you should never forge

someone's signature...

..Do anything behind someone's back.

Please excuse Jamie from

school this morning.

He was doing volunteer

work for the Sandinistas.

Please excuse Jamie from

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Mike Mills

Michael C. "Mike" Mills is an American film and music video director and graphic designer. He is perhaps best known for his independent films Thumbsucker and Beginners. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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