To the Bone (2017) #Netflix #Review #EatingDisorders #LilyCollins #KeanuReeves

Movie Review


Warning: Triggers, Anorexia, Eating Disorders, Mature Content, 

And rightly so because this film isn’t easy to watch, which I think is the point. Not to glorify but to bring awareness.

To the Bone (Release Date: July 2017)

A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

Starring:  Rebekah KennedyLily CollinsDana L. Wilson, and Keanu Reeves

Director:  Marti Noxon

Rating/ Runtime: TV-MA 1hr 47

My Thoughts…

This movie is getting a lot of flack for supposedly glorifying anorexia and other eating disorders. To be frank, I don’t get it. In no way does this film celebrate, promote, or glorify anorexia or any other serious eating disorders. Is it hard to watch? You bet it is! But it is what I think, an honest portrayal of a young woman literally fighting for her life. Or giving up on life, depending on how you look at it. What it does do is inform, and perhaps that is what is so hard for people to come to terms with. Yes, Lily Collins underwent dramatic weight loss for this film but she is not the first actor who has done it. Anyone see The Machinist? Completely different subject matter, but Christian Bale essentially did the same. Do I agree with the practice? Maybe not, but I do think that Lily was committed to an important role, and did it for important reasons. For that, I commend her.

Also, it should be noted that she did an amazing job with an undoubtedly difficult role. As did the rest of the cast. Keanu Reeves often gets knocked for being “Ted” or a dumb surfer in all of his films, which I find ridiculous. Take away the blockbusters from his resume and check out some of his other movies. Definitely not “Point Break” stuff. He was very good as “Dr. Beckham” and again, I applaud him for participating in something as important as this film.

The movie as a whole, was difficult to watch but I did find it enlightening and informative. There are some entertaining moments too and a little romance which added some brevity.

Overall, I think it does its job and was NOT in any way created for shock value. If you can handle disturbing imagery and difficult subject matter, I think everyone should watch it as it is important to shed light on the subject and more importantly, share awareness to the masses.

If  you have seen it, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Rating… B

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12 thoughts on “To the Bone (2017) #Netflix #Review #EatingDisorders #LilyCollins #KeanuReeves

  1. Great post! 🙂 I just watched it this weekend, and I feel the same way about it. I really don’t understand how anyone took this film as glorifying eating disorders. I thought it was pretty insightful and though it wasn’t by any means a “pleasant” watch, it is something I’m glad I watched. It shed a lot of light on the topic, that’s for sure. The characters were interesting, too.

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  2. I haven’t watched the film but I did read a very good article with Lily Collins about the role which she played having suffered with anorexia herself – I thought she was brave to lose the weight under those circumstances and glad to hear it didn’t have any adverse effects.

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    1. Yes, I learned that after the fact and it really made me appreciate her commitment to this project. Knowing that it is something she has experienced adds another layer or authenticity to the film.


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  4. I haven’t watched this but I have a friend with anorexia who watched and agrees with your assessment that it doesn’t glorify anorexia. She felt some aspects were not accurate but considering it was a film it was a good portrayal.

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      1. Exactly, she said the inaccuracies were more around the hospital set up than the illness aswell which I felt was fairly good. I’ve found that is something they often get wrong in relation to mental health in films so personally don’t worry too much. And in films there is always some fluff whatever the subject.

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  5. Lottie @ Novellique

    I agree, the film in no way glorifies anorexia or other eating disorders. If anything, it shows the reality of people struggling with it. I know Lily Collins lost weight for the role, but I’ve read it was under extreme supervision, especially because she has talked about struggling with anorexia herself in the past. It was made by people who had real experience of eating disorders which I super respect to not abuse a subject matter like this and tell it how it is – without romanticising or glorifying it.

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    1. You know I’m sure they CGI’d the extreme parts too so she wasn’t jeopardizing her life. I didn’t know that about her. That she had experienced anorexia firsthand. I appreciate her commitment to the role more as well. Though the backlash wasn’t as bad as “13 Reasons Why”, it’s the same thing. People don’t want to face the ugly reality of real issues and yet as a society we have no problem with gore and sex. Ironic isn’t it?

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      1. Lottie @ Novellique

        Yeah, I heard that they used a combination of CG and makeup for the more extreme scenes. I can see people’s problems with 13 reasons why but I think it raises important points about trigger warnings and their use before Netflix shows (which both To The Bone and 13 reasons have)

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