7.2/10
77,967
147 user 262 critic

Beginners (2010)

Trailer
2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,068 ( 221)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 34 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg
The Iron Lady (2011)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das
Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

Director: Scott Cooper
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
Man on Wire (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau
Precious II (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush
Milk I (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory
Capote (2005)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener
The Artist I (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy
Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Hal
...
...
...
Elliot
...
Georgia
...
...
Shauna
...
Liz
...
Party Person
Luke Diliberto ...
Green Witch
...
Magician
...
The Sads
Hana Jane ...
The Sads (as Hana Hwang)
Samuel T. Ritter ...
The Sads

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith. Watch our exclusive celebrity interviews, and tune in to our LIVE show from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 22.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Edit

Storyline

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This is what love feels like.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

9 June 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Beginners, así se siente el amor  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$141,340 (USA) (3 June 2011)

Gross:

$5,776,314 (USA) (2 September 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Hal was intended for Max von Sydow, who declined due to the nature of subject in favor of appearing as a mute in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). He also was the first choice to play Henrik Vanger in the English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Christopher Plummer replaced him in both of these films; however, both men lend their voices together in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011). See more »

Goofs

On Hal Fields' death certificate, it says "Date of death: 09/17/04". We know from the movie that he's already passed away in 2003. See more »

Quotes

ICU Nurse #1: Drinking is not allowed in the room.
[Everybody expresses dissatisfaction]
Hal: Oh, it's not?
[Someone says sorry]
Hal: No, no, no... no, no. She's a wonderful nurse. Here's to health care.
[Everybody laughs loudly]
See more »

Connections

Features The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Written by Brian Potter and Ian Samwell
Performed by The Litter
Courtesy of K-Tel Records/Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
License arranged by Fine Gold Music, LLC.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Sharply seen and acted and written, and that's all I need in a movie
10 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beginners (2011)

A deceptively perfect title, and one that makes you think about the larger meanings of this simple human drama. A single man has a decent life on his own, but he seems a bit lonely, and he begins taking care of his father in his declining months. The father has come out as gay after decades in the closet. The son is so steady and loving it all seems fine, even though there are questions and lingering emotional issues as he realizes he was raised by his father who never told his mother about his true orientation.

Or so it seems, and the pieces slowly, and rather beautifully, fall together. A woman enters the life of the son, and even here it is hesitant and gladly so. It falters. Everything falters, in fact, but never crumbles. And this main character, played with wonderful ordinary ease by Ewan McGregor, is more and more interesting.

That's what this movie is about. It has so many flash backs as it moves forward, I could almost reveal every detail, including the ending, and nothing is spoiled because it isn't what happens but how it's told that matters. And I mean not just the structure of the film and the choices of what to reveal when, but also the acting and interactions between the three main actors that bring it to life.

Along with McGregor, Christopher Plummer makes a wonderful aging, dying man who still loves life and lives it as fully as you can expect. And the young woman who appears partway through is played by the increasingly well known French actress, Melanie Laurent (who I first noticed in "Inglourious Basterds"). She adds a slightly different lilt to the romantic aspects of the film, and is a necessary component to the whole.

The themes here should strike home to everyone—love, death, change, faith in the unknown, joy of life, and so on. Yeah, big stuff that lands pretty squarely in scene after scene.

Who is director Mike Mills? Good questions, especially as he also wrote this movie. He's sort of a newcomer, or at least with a short history of short films and a recent documentary (as well an earlier role as music video producer). He made "Thumbsucker" which cost $4 million and took in $2 million, so a rocky start there. Bu the groundwork pays off somehow here, and the pieces click together even though this is, it seems, only his second feature fiction movie. Eager for more!


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?