Santa Barbara Eden
I love the Talking Heads, but I think I forgot how much I truly loved them until I heard their music in Mike Mills‘ 20th Century Women, and then, like what happened to the characters in the movie itself, it felt as if it were the first time I had ever heard the Talking Heads!! And I was like WOAH!!! This STUFF ROCKS!! And my head and body couldn’t help itself, and grooved to the music!!!
And that experience of hearing the Talking Heads for the first time was kinda like seeing this movie for the first time – I was like – WOAH, there’s something to this movie! It warms my heart and touches my soul! And my head and body are grooving to it – big time!!!
But this movie isn’t about discovering the music of the Talking Heads – it’s about an adolescent boy (Lucas Jade Zumann), without a father figure, who shares a bohemian lifestyle in a Santa Barbara residence with a strong, loving mother (Annette Bening), his schoolgirl crush (Elle Fanning), a super cool photographer gal (Greta Gerwig), and a handlebar-mustached handyman (Billy Crudup)
This boy is on the path to becoming a mini-man, and in turn, he’s starting to drift away from his mother’s grasp. She feels the distance beginning to widen, and so she enlists the help of the two ladies and handyman to mold him into a modern man. Guess what happens? It’s not juss the boy who learns and grows – but EVERYONE involved too!!
It’s actually not as cheesy as it sounds, and in a movie that could have easily gone too cutesy and way too quirky, it stayed the course of being juss a lovely lovely lovely little film
For some reason, in my brain, it was like watching a 70s version of Six Feet Under, complete with a complete ending juss like Six Feet‘s fantastic/2nd to none complete complete ending!
The movie even made me grow! I grew a 2nd pair of ears and haven’t stopped streaming the Talking Heads on Amazon since I saw the movie. How 21st Century Man of me!
Verdictgo: Breast In Show
20th Century is foxy for in limited release
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…