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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... David Sheff
Timothée Chalamet ... Nic Sheff
Maura Tierney ... Karen Barbour
Christian Convery ... Jasper Sheff
Oakley Bull ... Daisy Sheff
Kaitlyn Dever ... Lauren
Amy Ryan ... Vicki Sheff
Stefanie Scott ... Julia
Julian Works ... Gack
Kue Lawrence ... 4 & 6-Year-Old Nic Sheff
Jack Dylan Grazer ... 12-Year-Old NicSheff
Ricky Low ... Destiny
Marypat Farrell ... Julia's Mother
Amy Forsyth ... Diane
Andre Royo ... Spencer
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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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A true story of addiction, survival and family.

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Biography | Drama

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2018 (Singapore) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$218,888, 14 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$698,687, 21 October 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Carell, Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney were all previous cast members of The Office (US). See more »

Quotes

David Sheff: I thought we were close. I thought we were closer than most fathers and sons! Why?
Nic Sheff: I felt better than I ever had, so... I just kept on doing it.
David Sheff: This isn't us! This is not who we are!
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Strong earnest performances
18 October 2018 | by gortxSee all my reviews

Fact-based tale of drug addiction has some stylish touches by Belgian Director Felix Van Groeningen, but ultimately falls emotionally flat. Timothy Chalamet plays the title character, the son of Steve Carell and Amy Ryan (the couple is divorced, and Maura Tierney plays the Step Mom). All three are supportive, but the 'Boy' keeps falling deeper and deeper into the drug hole.

The get clean/ relapse/get clean/replapse cycle may be true to life, but, it doesn't represent a true arc as presented here. The performances are all earnest (Carell, perhaps too much so, at times) but they alone aren't enough to elevate the movie above average. Like Van Groeningen's Oscar nominated Belgian film BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, music plays a key role here in trying to signal the emotions of the characters but its only partially successful (of course, in BROKEN CIRCLE, the characters were on screen musicians). No amount of Bowie, Mogwai and Lennon (plus, an extended Bukowski quote) can make up for the screenplay's deficiencies.


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