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Beautiful Boy -- Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate's (Maria Bello) already strained marriage is tested when their college-age son commits a shocking act of violence that reverberates across the country.
Beautiful Boy -- 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.
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Writers (WGA):
Michael Armbruster (written by) &
Shawn Ku (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 2011 (Brazil) See more »
Everything seemed perfect. Everything would change. See more »
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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A unique take with two powerhouse performances. See more (30 total) »


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Directed by
Shawn Ku 
Writing credits
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 .... makeup department head
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
Christopher Ferguson .... additional electrician (as Chris Ferguson)
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)
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
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #46652)

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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A unique take with two powerhouse performances., 5 August 2011
Author: Rockwell_Cronenberg from United States

It seems that Hollywood, especially lately, has been in the habit of giving us films dealing with parents suffering the loss of a child. We see them scream, we see them cry, we see them go through the same routine. Beautiful Boy takes this theme and puts a unique, much more tragic, spin on it. Michael Sheen and Maria Bello play parents who lose their college-age son, but worse is their son died after shooting up his school. So along with them having to grieve the loss of their boy, they have to suffer the scrutiny of the media attacking their son and them publicly, along with fighting themselves in trying to figure out what led to this awful thing happening. They fight with whether they're responsible, whether they should take time to grieve or try to go back into things and as many other things as you can think of in this struggle for normalcy in understanding when everything else is fighting against them.

Of course anything dealing with themes like this gives way to a lot of opportunity for melodrama. There's a subplot with a novelist that is very silly and expected and a few other scenes that rang false, but for the most part the film was surprisingly honest and from the heart. These characters suffer in real ways and even though the film initially splits the two into stereotypes, Bello having the hysterical screams and disbelief and Sheen with the stunned silence, as it progresses they both go through phases of devastation, denial and just a need to understand and get past it. It doesn't do anything particularly unique in how they grieve, but the two performers make you feel everything these characters go through. They bring a lot of power to their roles and it can definitely hit very hard at times.

Both Sheen and Bello have always been fine actors who rarely get the chance to demonstrate their immense talents. Here they are given full opportunity to let their skills show and neither of them hesitate to do so. Whether they are having a shouting match in a hotel room, consoling one another in tears or just silently trying to deal with this huge tragedy, it's hard to take your eyes off either of them. It definitely goes down the expected path, but these two make it well worth watching with their powerhouse performances and I did admire the slight turn on what had kind of become a tired setup. Making the son this kind of person added a lot of layers to the struggle these two had to go through.

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