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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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Why 'Beautiful Boy' Is a Harrowing Tale of Hope

The cast and crew of Beautiful Boy discuss making a film that highlights the real-world epidemic of addiction, while telling a story about acceptance and hope.

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2018 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$218,888, 14 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,401,267, 18 November 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Nic Sheff stated in a Q & A that the drawing book that David, Steve Carell in the movie finds of his son's addiction struggles was drawn by Nic's real life half brother Jasper Sheff. See more »

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When Chalamet is trying to get into his locked house, he looks under a flower pot for a key and then puts the pot back back down. When his father returns home, the flower pot is broken. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
David Sheff: Do you know how much I love you? I love you more than everything.
4 & 6-Year-Old Nic Sheff: Everything?
David Sheff: Everything... everything...
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During the end credits, Nic is heard reciting the poem "Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski. See more »

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Featured in CTV National News: Episode dated 7 September 2018 (2018) See more »

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Darling I Need Your Love
Written by L. Stuart and Joseph Newell
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Zurich Film Festival 2018 #2
5 October 2018 | by steftrottmannSee all my reviews

A difficult one.

Well, I'm not the guy that gets upset because every little thing and I really wanted to like the movie, but "Beautiful Boy" has definitely a few faults.

Firstly, the editing (especially in the first half) is very confusing. The flashbacks are so mixed up it's hard to understand. The dialogues were also cut very short what brings me to the next point.

It wasn't that easy to build an emotional relationship with the characters. I mean it wasn't the casts fault: Steve Carell is the highlight of the whole movie, Timothée Chalamet is brilliant and Maura Tierneys performance is very good too, but to me it wasn't enough to connect. The very usual story also seemed to be a bit too superficial. I know the movie is based on the memoirs of the two main characters but together with the postcard pictures and the sad Indie music (something I usually like), it felt like the movie is very close to a parody of itself.

All in all, it may sound worse than it actually is, it's a solid movie, but that's it.

6.5/10


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