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To The Bone Movie Review


Movie: To The Bone
Starring: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves
Written and Directed by: Marti Noxon


      When Ellen goes to a rehab center to get treatment for her anorexia nervosa it takes her and the audience on a journey quite unlike any other.

       Ellen is a young woman who has been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. She agrees to go to a treatment center to try and get treated for her eating disorder. At this house are a whole bunch of other people including a male and my personal favorite, an overweight girl. To often when we think about eating disorders we picture super skinny white girls, so it was nice to see a woman of color who was also overweight and a male being portrayed in the movie. It definitely showed you how eating disorders can affect everyone in some way shape or form regardless of gender or color.
      The movie was amazing in my opinion, but definitely heavy. There were a lot of parts that were certainly a little hard to watch. The subject matter is not an easy one to go about because it doesn't seem to get discussed a whole lot in the media and in other movies, tv shows, and books.
     The acting was phenomenal as well Lily Collins who plays the main character, Ellen brought a believable performance that had so much heart and brought the pain of the character forward in a way that felt like you were almost experiencing everything with her. I've always been a huge fan of Lily Collins, but this was the first movie I saw her in that I truly felt like she became an actress in. There's just something so special about this performance.
       The other actors and actresses also did a phenomenal job. Keanu Reeves who plays the doctor treating Ellen did a great job and really brought his character to life. Alex Sharp who played Luke the only male character at the treatment facility also did a phenomenal job and brought a character that was truly equal parts brave and vulnerable. All of the other actresses and actors did a wonderful job and definitely made this film what it is.
       The best part of this film though was definitely how they were able to bring the story together. As someone who does not know a lot about eating disorders when I started watching this movie, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. By the end of it though I felt a lot more educated, also a lot more aware of certain issues I've had with food over the course of my life. While I have not been diagnosed with a full on eating disorder I know that there have been times when I've been tempted to not eat or to throw up, and even more, times when I've eaten way too much trying to use food as a drug for emotional issues. While it's not something that anyone needs to worry about, I really don't have an issue it really made me stop and think about how easy it is to get triggered to do things, especially when those things involve our weight and how we look to other people.
   The movie also brought out the darkness of the disease. Was Ellen skinny? Yes, but not in a good way. She was skin and bones and looked to put it as nicely as I can, like death. If I saw her out in today's world I wouldn't be jealous of her, I would feel sorry for her. So, this definitely is not a movie that glorifies eating disorders, or even tempts you to have one.
       This movie also showed how having an eating disorder doesn't just affect you, it affects your whole family. During the movie, we see Ellen’s sister struggling to understand why her sister is doing this to herself, as well as her stepmom, and real mom who are trying their hardest to understand why Ellen would be doing this to herself.
      Overall this was an amazing movie with a stellar cast. The story is wonderful and heartbreakingly beautiful. I strongly recommend this movie to everyone as I truly believe eating disorders need to be discussed more in today's society.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
      To the Bone is out on Netflix.


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  1. Funnily I've seen this movie just a few weeks ago, on Netflix. I agree, it definitely doesn't glorify eating disorders (and it shouldn't) and gives a poignant peek into the effect of the illness not only on the one suffering from it, but also their families. Good review!

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  2. I too saw the movie a couple weeks ago and thought it was amazing! In books and research you learn what anorexia is and what it does to the body, but we don't learn what it does to people around us. I had a friend who puked but I never knew till years later and i wish I had at that time. It's a topic that needs to be discussed more and not just what it is but how it affects everyone and the thought process put into it. Great review!

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  3. I haven't seen this movie yet, but I'm always looking for realistic movies to enjoy. I am definitely going to add it to my watchlist. I always find myself identifying with things or messages within movies.

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