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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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The beauty is in Bello and Sheen (**½) 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 .... art department production 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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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The beauty is in Bello and Sheen (**½), 14 October 2011

In this nearly terrifying age where our children are growing significantly faster than we want them to, fear, anxiety, and near paranoia starts to overtake the best of parents. In America, we have witnessed, in this generation alone, some of the most evil ever conducted by mankind in all of history; the fall of the twin towers, the war in Iraq, the shooting massacre in Virginia Tech, all terrible staples in my memory and I'm not even thirty yet. What other horrors will this lifetime bring? As a new father, I want to wrap my daughter Sophia in a bubble and never let her see the light of day for fear of what she may either endure or be influenced by. Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy examines the aftermath of a young man, Sammy, that commits a mass shooting at his school and ultimately takes his own life. Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) are your average married couple. Held back by grief, guilt, and rage, Bill and Kate undertake the scrutiny from the presses and the families as the sole reasons for young Sammy's demise. How could you move on from a nightmare you couldn't wake up from? Ku takes on the story with ferocity, examining a vast subject, which perks our ears up and raises our eyebrows. Ultimately Ku fails at getting down to the emotional center of this tale. The narrative picks up rather quickly from the beginning but loses pace and theme quickly. It's not necessarily a failure on Ku's part or co-writer Michael Armbruster, simply not as evolutionary in terms of independent filmmaking. The premise is enticing enough to withstand its flaws and it does have moments of brilliance, especially in the scenes following the shooting. However, it's the powerful performances of Michael Sheen and Maria Bello that hook the viewer in and safely guide throughout. Michael Sheen delivers his finest performance since his towering work in Stephen Frears' The Queen. Sheen attacks the character unlike anything seen from him before. He is engaged and delivers the emotional peril of a heartbroken father attempting to pick up the pieces in the most magnificent ways possible. Sheen invites the viewer into his world, showing the ugliest and worst parts about him, and letting us form our own opinion. Downright brilliant. Maria Bello, who I fell in love with in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, handles Kate with care, love, and ease. Bello's precision and dedication to the craft stands nearly on the top of most actresses today. It also equals one of her finest works in years. Her heart-on- the-sleeve approach not only allows us to respect Kate but it transforms her into a clear sign and example of masterclass acting. Where it can easily be taken over the top, Bello holds it right to the edge, never pushing us over. In a rare and personal plea, these two performances should well be on the Oscar radar. As a small and obviously personal film, Michael Sheen and Maria Bello deliver clear and cut, two of the most worthy performances of award's recognition this year. It's reminiscent of the same feeling Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams delivered in their powerful works in last year's Blue Valentine. In his briefest scenes, Kyle Gallner (Sammy) boils his performance to the rim and delivers a clever and daring performance. Beautiful Boy has raw and emotional power without falling all over itself with melodrama, but it does come up short in some narrative regards. But with these two talented actors in tow, the film will knock your socks right off in simple artistry.

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