Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Saoirse Ronan
Story: The Lovely Bones centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. (Paramount Pictures)
Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images and some language
Bottom Line: There’s some brilliantly over-the-top ‘Heaven in the eyes of a 14-year old girl’ imagery at play but the beauty of that sometimes cheesy mentality doesn’t really mesh with beast of the grizzly earth-bound murder story. It all just feels like jerky storytelling with stops and starts all over the narrative map – kind of like driving with your grandma.