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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Michael Armbruster (written by) &
Shawn Ku (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 2011 (Brazil) See more »
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Everything seemed perfect. Everything would change. See more »
Plot:
A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Beautiful Boy is a raw and realistic look at society in which very few filmmakers dare to explore. See more (29 total) »

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Directed by
Shawn Ku 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Armbruster (written by) &
Shawn Ku (written by)

Produced by
Lee Clay .... producer
Richard Gabai .... executive producer
Eric Gozlan .... producer
Connie Iott .... associate producer
Richard Iott .... executive producer
Mark Moran .... executive producer
Trey Morgan .... associate producer
Martin Scharf .... associate producer
Todd Williams .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Fimognari (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chad Galster 
 
Casting by
Ania Kamieniecki-O'Hare 
Tannis Vallely 
 
Production Design by
Gabor Norman 
 
Art Direction by
Abigail Potter 
 
Set Decoration by
Gladys Rodriguez 
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Ann Summers  (as Cynthia Summers)
 
Makeup Department
Brian Steven Banks .... key hair stylist
Felicia Leatherwood .... assistant hair stylist
Denise Paulson .... key makeup artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mark Moran .... unit production manager
Nancy Valle .... executive in charge of post-production: Anchor Bay
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Miller Ehrlich .... second second assistant director (as Karen Miller)
Timothy Grant Engle .... second assistant director (as Tim Eagle)
Mark Hansson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Quinten A. Avila .... sketch artist
Anthony Cafaro .... leadman
Angela Carroll .... set dressing assistant (as Angela Carroll)
Michelle Daniels .... set dressing assistant
Ellen Dorros .... set dressing assistant
Joseph East .... property assistant
Rachel Howard .... set dressing assistant
Naoko Inada .... on-set dresser
Jeffrey Lombardi .... property master (as Jeffrey Givens)
Shawna Stone .... art department intern
Joann Gross .... painter (uncredited)
Doc McFadzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Doc McFadzen .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Dzuban .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Dzuban .... supervising sound editor
Justin Dzuban .... dialogue editor
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
George Pereyra .... sound effects editor
Amy Reynolds .... sound effects editor
Tania Rudecino .... foley artist
David Stark .... boom operator
David Waelder .... production sound mixer
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant (as Jim Wright)
 
Visual Effects by
Matt Stone .... motion graphics
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Brecht Jr. .... additional electrician (as Larry Brecht)
Yvonne Chu .... first assistant camera
Marc Cohen .... company grip
Alissa Davis .... camera intern
Chris Ferguson .... additional electrician
Mike Foodman .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jordan Garretson .... chief lighting technician
Sean Griffith .... additional grip (as R. Sean Griffith)
Rick Griggs .... best boy grip
Thad Hall .... additional electrician (as Thaddeus Hall)
Tim Herman .... additional grip
Joshua Lee Huber .... additional electrician (as Joshua Huber)
Joel Jaspan .... additional grip
Paul Lambiase .... additional grip
Craig Lerner .... additional grip
Timothy McCrary .... additional electrician
Justina Mintz .... still photographer
Kevin Mucha .... additional electrician
Chris Nabers .... company electrician
Tony Oberstar .... camera intern
Michael Silva .... additional electrician
Jim Stirtiz .... key grip
Deron Tse .... additional grip
Zoe Van Brunt .... second assistant camera
John Van Valkenburgh .... additional electrician
Neil Chartier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ryan Roberts .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
David Bokser .... animator: clip
 
Casting Department
Kristan Berona .... extras casting: Sande Alessi Casting
Liz Ludwitzke .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel Flores .... set costumer
Jennifer Head .... additional set costumer
Billy Ray McKenna .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Karlo Babakhanian .... iq assistant
Lou Cafini .... negative inspector: Telecine Pacific
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Manny Dubon .... iq artist
Gregg Garvin .... digital intermediate colorist
Vahe Giragol .... iq assistant
Gregg Lang .... telecine operator: Laser Pacific
Thomas N. Martin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Steven Davis .... technical score producer
T.J. Lindgren .... music producer
Trevor Morris .... music producer
T.J. Lindgren .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Nathaniel Smith .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Burnette .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Burnette)
Kip Fazzone .... driver
Lee Jennings .... driver
Freddie Sanchez .... transportation captain (as Fred Sanchez)
 
Other crew
Gregory Alpert .... location manager
Andrew Ansnick .... set production assistant
Maxine Arbarbara .... studio teacher (as Maxine Abarbara)
Laura Bagano .... craft service
Rob Baldwin .... assistant location manager
Claire Benoit .... legal counsel: Services Juridiques
Luis Bonachea .... set production assistant
Charmaine Boos .... studio teacher
Maxine Brooks .... studio teacher
Josh Burstein .... production intern
Rory Dauson .... assistant location scout
Nate Earley .... set production assistant
Ron Feddor .... stand-in: Michael Sheen
Greg Y. Gomez .... security guard
Sheryl Goodhead .... sales: Laser Pacific
Chad Gunderson .... account manager: Laser Pacific
Kent Hamilton .... production insurance: Truman Van Dytke Company
Carla Legaria .... catering helper
Carlos Legaria .... chef
Timothy Martin .... additional production assistant (as Tim Martin)
Andrew Miller .... assistant location manager
Kari Montgomery .... script supervisor
Molly Moran .... production coordinator
Stuart Neumann .... co-location manager
Kris Olson .... assistant production coordinator
Lisa Rae .... stand-in: Maria Bello
David Royal .... chef
Paula Schoen .... medical exams (as Dr. Paula Schoen)
Den Serras .... title designer
Megan Shaffer .... production intern
Chandler Shepherd .... craft service
Anna DiNuovo Slaughter .... account manager: Laser Pacific (as Anna DiNuovo)
Allison Sylvia .... production intern
Eli Van Noppen .... production intern
Sasha Feiler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Jackson Murphy .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tim Albrecht .... in loving memory of
Jethro Rothe-Kushel .... very special thanks
 

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Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality
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100 min
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Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #46652)

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42 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Boy is a raw and realistic look at society in which very few filmmakers dare to explore., 1 June 2011
Author: MovieManMenzel from United States

Kate (Maria Bello) and Bill (Michael Sheen) have been struggling with their marriage for years and have decided to give it one final go before actually calling it quits. One night while planning their huge family vacation, their son Sam (Kyle Gallner) calls and seems quite out of it. Both Kate and Bill seem worried but feel that Sam is just having a rough time during his first semester away at college. The next day, life goes on as normal until the couple is notified that their has been a mass shooting at their son's college. Its only a matter of hours before Bill and Kate's already troubled life gets worse as they learn that Sam is not only dead, but the one who began to shoot up the school. A raw, realistic, and heart-wrenching look into our society ensues...

Man, do I love movies like this! I love movies that dare to tackle subject matters that our society just completely ignores. Beautiful Boy is not only a realistic tale about a crumbling marriage, but also a unique look at the family of a trouble college student who did the unthinkable. In a time where school shootings are at an all time high, there comes a movie like this that dares to examine the subject matter from a unique perspective. For years after mass shooting at various schools like Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, and of course the notorious Columbine, its about time some filmmaker dared to take a look into this subject and from the parents point of view.

When we hear about school shootings, we always think about the crazy kid who shot up the school, but we never question for a second, what about the parents and how are they taking the news. The media tends to point the blame at the parents and state that they must have screwed the kid up and caused him/her to do that. Why purely blame the parents? Why isn't it on our society? The media? Or even just the large amount of hate in this world. No one can deny that there are some crazy people in this world, but the question that remains is who is to blame and what would ever bring a person to take on such horrific action? No one knows and this film doesn't necessarily answer that questions, but instead does show how hard the parents not only take the loss, but how it makes them feel as people who have to live with knowing what their child is a killer.

While this film not only tackles that difficult subject matter; it also takes a brutally honest look at divorce and the basic struggles of every day life. Many husbands and wives stay together for the kids in our society today. I personally know several people that have stood together for the years when their marriage was on the rocks. Beautiful Boy shows this with Bill and Kate throughout the film and how the couple goes through periods where their love is strong and where it is weak. There is a huge fight scene near the end of the film in which Kate and Bill begin to violently argue about the relationship and whose fault it is that Sam turned out the way he did. That scene would bring tears to the eyes of any couple who has a kid or wants a child. It is gripping, raw, and unforgettable.

In order for this film to work as perfectly as it did, it clearly depended on Maria Bello and Michael Sheen to give realistic and believable performances. Needless to say, they nail it and gave some powerful and gut-wrenching performances. The chemistry and tension that they face is as real as any that I have seen in real life. When they are happy on screen, you are happy and when they are sad and miserable, you are sad and miserable. This film is clearly a character study of Kate and Bill and while there are some great supporting roles its really only those two who we as audience members are focused on. Bello and Sheen are the ones knock this film out of the park and give some truly Oscar worthy performances.

I applaud director/writer Shawn Ku as well as co-writer Michael Armbruster for creating a film that makes our society look at life, marriage, and adolescent violence from a whole new perspective. The script was well written and the scenes were placed perfectly throughout the film to make the movie keep the audience wanting more. The emotional scenes in this film were beautifully captured by Shawn Wu, who seems to have an eye for detail on capturing raw emotion from his actors. With Wu's direction, Beautiful Boy feels makes the audience feel as though we are dealing with the events that are taking place on screen and as filmmakers that is a great accomplishment.

At the end of the day, Beautiful Boy is definitely not the feel good film of the summer, but is probably one of the most powerful and realistic films that I have seen in many years. It's real, raw, and brutally honest and I love that about indie films. I love feeling good when I go to a movie, but I also like movies that tackle issues that are relevant to our society today. This film does that and while many may not appreciate how honest of a film this is, I did and applaud everyone involved for taking on a film of this caliber. Beautiful Boy will more than likely be one of those films that around December of this year that will make it's way onto my " best of" list for the year.

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