To the Bone

Synopsis: Ellen is a 20 year old woman struggling with anorexia nervosa. In the midst of family problems and her own fears, she is accepted into a group home run by an unusual doctor. Through the people she meets and the journey she takes, Ellen follows a path of self discovery and acceptance that will lead her to a surprising place she never would have thought possible
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Marti Noxon
Production: Netflix
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


Dr. Branson, please call 5914.

Dr. Branson, please call 5914.

It's like, every time you turn

on the TV or look at a magazine,

it's, "Oh, my God,

this cake is so delicious."

And, like, your reward or something.

And then, you turn the page,

and there's some sad, fat "before" girl,

and she's all, "I hate myself."

And then, the thin "after" girl goes,

"I did this diet, and now I'm happy,

and everyone loves me."

What about the chocolate cake?

It's like they're trying

to drive us crazy.

"Society's to blame.

The world is so unfair. I have to die."

There's no point in blaming everybody.

Live with it.

Ellen, do you think there's a way

you can express that

without discounting Penny's feelings?

It's not the end

It's not the end

It's false jeopardy

I won't be let down

It's not the end, it's not the end


Told you you'd lose.

You owe me a carton of Camels.

Just try and be sure

It's not the end, it's not the end

It's false jeopardy

I won't be let down

It's not the end, it's not the end

It's not the end

It's not the end

Oh, my God. Look at you.

Your parents are gonna kill you.

No more trips to TJ, Rosa.

I think they put cement in your lips.

Your mom said,

"Take the room in the garage."

There's a room in the garage now?

Every time I come home, you have

a new face and there's more house.

- It was gonna be your mother's office.

- She's not my mother.

Dinner is half an hour!

- Your father and mother are eating out.

- Okay.

- Are you on that dating app again?

- No. Come on, what?

- You know what I'm doing. Come on.

- Oh.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

All right, go. Get ready.

- All right, ready?

- Mm-hmm.

280 for the pork,

350 for the buttered noodles,

125 for the buttered beans,

150 for the roll, and 50...

No, 75 for butter.

- You got it. All of it. Dang.

- Yes.

Oh, my God.

It's like you have calorie Asperger's.

- I mean, hold the applause.

- You're a pro.

Okay, wait. Now, so how many...

how many calories you think boogers have?

Ay, don't say that.

What? She probably knows.

You know, right?

- Not just the beans, the meat.

- I'd say snot's pretty low.

Maybe, like, five to ten,

depending on the size of the pickin's.

- The meat.

- Mm-hmm.

And you are both being disgusting.

"The meat."

You know, you used to have a jar

that you kept all your boogers in?

- No, I didn't.

- You absolutely did.

- You probably did.

- Hello!

- Stop. No, I didn't.

- Sorry we couldn't pick you up.


Mmm. Did you get settled in?

So, Jack is very upset with you.

He's very worried.

Why doesn't Jack tell me himself?

Your father would rather

you and I have this talk, okay?


It's not that he doesn't care.

He cares too much.

You don't know.

The doctor said you were defiant

and a bad influence on the other girls.

Is this what it's gonna be now?

Are you proud of yourself?

I'm maintaining.

I have to weigh you.

The agreement was you could live here

as long as you kept up

your end of the bargain.

- You wanna go back to your mother's?

- Mom moved to Phoenix with Olive.

Yeah, that's what I mean. Phoenix.

We can put you on the bus,

first thing tomorrow.


- I had that cold, and I...

- I don't wanna hear it. Get on.

- It's not at zero.

- Stop. Stop it. Get on.



Turn towards me.

Do you see that?

Do you see what you look like?


Do you think that's beautiful?


So, what are you gonna do about it?

Jesus Christ. We can't do this again.

I can't do this again.

You have a car now, right?



You're using me to burn off

half a pack of lifesavers or some sh*t.

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Marti Noxon

Martha Mills "Marti" Noxon (born August 25, 1964) is an American television and film writer, director and producer. She is best known for her work as a writer and executive producer on the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). She was also executive producer, writer, and creator of the Bravo comedy-drama series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (2015–18) and the Lifetime drama series UnREAL (2015–18). She was an executive producer of the CBS medical drama series Code Black (2015–17). Noxon also wrote the science fiction action film I Am Number Four (2011), the horror thriller film Fright Night (2011), and the biographical drama film The Glass Castle (2017). She wrote and directed the drama film To the Bone (2017). Noxon created the AMC dark comedy series Dietland and the HBO limited series Sharp Objects, both of which premiered in 2018. more…

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