• Drugs/Alcohol:  In what essentially serves as the film's comic relief, Grandma Lynn is constantly drinking and chain smoking, which leads to her troubles with housework, etc.
  • Language/Profanity:  A few instances of profanity, plus a couple of times where the Lord's name is misused.
  • Sex/Nudity:  There's a budding romance between Susie and Ray, but nothing more explicit than a shared kiss. In the book version of "The Lovely Bones," the murderer also rapes Susie, but that's glossed over in the movie. 
  • Violence:  The actual murder in question is mostly handled off-screen (we do see a very long scene where he lures her into his underground den and eventually attacks her when she tries to escape), but there are ongoing references to it (and a quick peek at the crime scene on a few occasions) and several disturbing moments involving the murderer, creepy next-door neighbor George Harvey. Jack is also mistakenly hit (many, many times) by a baseball bat in a cornfield (the guy issuing the blows assumed it was Jack that hurt his girlfriend, not George) and eventually recovers from his injuries.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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