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YMMV: The Lovely Bones
  • Angst? What Angst?: Even taking into account the time-span between Susie's murder and Grandma Lynn's arrival at the house, she seems remarkably blase about the fact her eldest grandchild had been murdered.
    • Perhaps it's clearer in the novel, but the film's loose depiction of the timeline leaves open the weak possibility that she dealt with the initial shock of the event in a previous visit more immediately after the murder.
      • Grandma Lynn's equivalent visit in the novel is much, much later in the timeline than it is in the movie.
    • Alternate Character Interpretation: Given how she's often seen with alcohol and brings two bottles into the house with her, that seems to suggest she had her own way of coping.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film did quite well in Ireland and has a good number of Irish fans - due to Saoirse Ronan as the lead.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Susie's behaviour with her camera becomes this with the rise of the trend of selfies.
  • Narm: The delivery of "It's Heaven!"
  • Tear Jerker: Many moments, especially when Susie meets the other murder victims and the youngest one runs up and gives her a hug., but your mileage may vary between certain scenes.
    • From the book: when the family dog dies, Susie worries that he won't recognize her after so many years apart. He does.
    • The scene in the film when Susie's parents learn of her death.
    • "You were not there when your daughter needed you."
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Susie's in-between world is seriously trippy. Especially in the movie.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Ryan Gosling had this reaction about being cast himself as Jack. He ultimately left, feeling he was too young for the part - and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg.
  • Write Who You Know

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