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Beautiful Boy (2018)

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Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

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Timothée Chalamet scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. We caught up with him and his Beautiful Boy costars at TIFF.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... David Sheff
Maura Tierney ... Karen Barbour
Jack Dylan Grazer ... Nic Sheff (12 yrs old)
Oakley Bull ... Daisy Sheff
Christian Convery ... Jasper Sheff
Timothée Chalamet ... Nic Sheff
Amy Aquino ... Annie Goldblum
Carlton Wilborn ... Vince
Stefanie Scott ... Julia
Marypat Farrell ... Julia's Mother
Timothy Hutton ... Dr. Brown
Amy Forsyth ... Diane
Kue Lawrence ... Nic Sheff (5 yrs old)
Brandon James Cienfuegos ... Kid (as Brandon Cinfuegos)
Cheska Corona ... Kid
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Storyline

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on the Acclaimed Memoirs of David Sheff and Nic Sheff See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content throughout, language, and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2018 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$218,888, 14 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,649,973, 7 February 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Nic Sheff stated in a Q & A that the drawing book that David, Steve Carell in the movie finds of his son's addiction struggles was drawn by Nic's real life half brother Jasper Sheff. See more »

Goofs

Meth does not need to be cooked for injection. See more »

Quotes

David Sheff: You can not say dumb shit like that, or you're gonna start believing it.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Nic is heard reciting the poem "Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski. See more »

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jon Birgisson), Georg Holm and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson (as Agust Gunnarsson)
Performed by Sigur Rós (as Sigur Ros)
Courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
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Zurich Film Festival 2018 #2
5 October 2018 | by steftrottmannSee all my reviews

A difficult one.

Well, I'm not the guy that gets upset because every little thing and I really wanted to like the movie, but "Beautiful Boy" has definitely a few faults.

Firstly, the editing (especially in the first half) is very confusing. The flashbacks are so mixed up it's hard to understand. The dialogues were also cut very short what brings me to the next point.

It wasn't that easy to build an emotional relationship with the characters. I mean it wasn't the casts fault: Steve Carell is the highlight of the whole movie, Timothée Chalamet is brilliant and Maura Tierneys performance is very good too, but to me it wasn't enough to connect. The very usual story also seemed to be a bit too superficial. I know the movie is based on the memoirs of the two main characters but together with the postcard pictures and the sad Indie music (something I usually like), it felt like the movie is very close to a parody of itself.

All in all, it may sound worse than it actually is, it's a solid movie, but that's it.

6.5/10


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