The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

DVD - 2009
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A man is born in his eighties and ages backward, but is destined to love one woman forever.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Curio 3567
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (165 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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lilmisslibrary Aug 03, 2009

I loved this movie. You will need a box of kleenex for the end! What a wonderful - yet twisted - story of true love.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

A baby born an old man ages younger throughout  his life, following the lifelong romance he has with Daisy, Benjamin was raised in a nursing home for the elderly when his father left him there, abandoning him after seeing his son. The film revolves around Benjamin and his life, when he receives work in a tug boat, going to war meeting his father, and the death of the woman who raised him. This was a wonderful movie, there were some funny moments but overall I would classify this as a drama, the audience really gets to see the unusual struggles he faces.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Nursebob
Jan 17, 2015

A sincere, though misguided attempt to give new meaning to the old saying, "Youth is wasted on the young". Through a series of deathbed flashbacks it tells the story of Benjamin, who was born with the body of an old man but the mind of an infant. As he grew older mentally, his body grew younger which led to a few romantic complications as there was only one brief span of time in which mind/body were in synch with one another. A very interesting premise which this overly long and lightweight drama fails to explore adequately. Fincher concentrates on the trimmings of the story.....lots of pastel sunrises, "homespun" wisdom, and Brad Pitt's pecs but fails to deliver any real substance, instead distracting the audience with superfluous asides involving blind clockmakers ('cause you never know what's coming for you); dubious hummingbirds (their wings trace the symbol for "eternity" don't you know); and a protracted sequence showing the power of coincidence which reminded me of the opening scenes of "Magnolia"..... (gee, if only her friend had bought a better pair of shoelaces Daisy would still be dancing.....) This is the type of cloying Hollywood crowd pleaser which lulls you into believing you are watching something profoundly moving, but as the houselights come up you realize you've simply been sold a bottle of cinematic snake oil.

Somewhat entertaining, but extremely hokey.

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EMP_0
Oct 21, 2014

I thought the movie was depressing and wouldn't recommend it.There's enough grief in this world to sit through a movie where parents discard a child because he looks strange, then he lives with others that are old like him. He receives acceptance from a black woman, marries, has relations with a woman being a child, then a brat and a baby. Crazy!!!!

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TRANNY_CLONES
Jul 09, 2014

Taraji P.Henson arguably gave the best performance of her career so far in this extremely too long movie.Not surprisingly,she still played a SLAVE role though,despite the fact that it is a voluntary SLAVE role disguised as a good role for a black actress.At least i now know the other reason why she got an Oscar nomination as a result of this performance aka the RACIST MAMMY STEREOTYPE for how Hollywood sees black women.Brad Pitt,Cate Blanchett,and the rest of the cast gave decent performances i guess.If i decide to watch this one more time in the future,that will be the last time i watch this forever more than likely period.The backwards aging tactic is a totally original GIMMICK to me at best despite the fact that it's never been done before in a movie ever period.The movie also promotes PEDOPHILIA,UNDERAGE DRINKING & SMOKING, AND PROSTITUTES FOR BOYS because of it's reverse aging GIMMICK as it's disguise period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Isley
Jun 12, 2014

I didn’t hate this nearly as much as Forrest Gump, but it is still as by-the-numbers Hollywood as it gets. A cute idea is not a reason to make a movie if a cute idea is all you have.

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0cho
Apr 24, 2014

This is an excellent movie. Really enjoyed such a different story and the acting was excellent. Enjoy!

d2013 Mar 04, 2014

This movie has a lot to say from the beginning to the end or is it from the end to the beginning. Awesome movie!

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BBeeBryn
Sep 14, 2013

A movie experience of fantasy, beautiful cinematography, and star actors. Good escape.

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goofy
Jun 03, 2013

Beautifully acted and enchanting story line.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 13, 2011

Sexual Content: Mild

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safarayyes
Sep 28, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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safarayyes
Sep 28, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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safarayyes
Sep 28, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Jun 27, 2009

Sexual Content: Implied and discussed.

nadian Jun 27, 2009

Violence: Few scenes of war violence and blood related to giving birth.

nadian Jun 27, 2009

Coarse Language: Brief moment.

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 13, 2011

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mokona_ou
Jan 24, 2011

mokona_ou thinks this title is suitable for 30 years and over

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Ugogurl
Oct 12, 2010

Ugogurl thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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safarayyes
Sep 28, 2010

safarayyes thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Ciresica
Aug 03, 2010

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lensman
Dec 07, 2009

lensman thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

nadian Jun 27, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Benjamin Button: My name is Benjamin Button, and I was born under unusual circumstances. While everyone else was agin', I was gettin' younger... all alone.

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safarayyes
Sep 28, 2010

"Good night Daisy." "Good night Benjamin."

nadian Jun 27, 2009

Benjamin, we're meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?

nadian Jun 27, 2009

We all end up in diapers.

nadian Jun 27, 2009

Your life is defined by its opportunities... even the ones you miss

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bdls206
Jul 31, 2011

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

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Ugogurl
Oct 12, 2010

In this movie Benjamin Button is born with a rare disease of being born old and growing young.
Interesting concept as Ben lives his life, basically, backwards.
Good performances by all.

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