Written and Directed by Mike Mills, who infuriatingly only makes a film every five years, 20th Century Women takes a calculating, borderline brutal, and if the trailer can be believed, brilliant look at the connections in our lives and what “raising a person” really means.

Much in the way Beginners questioned life and relationships through a semi-unique set of circumstances, this one, though fun and pushed by, if not filled with, a sense of hope, takes a set of women in the ’50s as asks us to examine life through their eyes.

The era and state of cultural identity look to be as much a character as anyone else, and the cast should be able to easily turn this into one of the best films of the year. Greta Gerwig, Annette Bening, and Elle Fanning have all nailed roles that delivered in this sphere, and have a real opportunity for awards season notice with this one.

Take a look at this one, and let us know what you think.


With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®-winning Beginners) brings us a multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives.

Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent  son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us—and the times that form us—as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.


Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.