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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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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:

Official Site

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:

$5,819,004, 15 November 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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In many of the scenes in airports, characters are shown at the gates greeting other characters/bidding them farewell. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, however, no one is allowed past security who isn't a ticket holder. Furthermore, the planes shown in many of these scenes are Boeing 727s, which are not used by the mainstream airlines any longer, and haven't been in decades. See more »

Quotes

David Sheff: So how you doing?
Nic Sheff: I'm doing great, you know, just, um... um... just doing what needs to be done, and...
David Sheff: What does that mean?
Nic Sheff: I'm sorry, Dad, um...
David Sheff: Why don't we just have lunch and talk? We can do that, right? Please. You think that you have this under control.
Nic Sheff: I understand why I do things. It doesn't make me any different. I'm attracted to craziness, and you're just embarrassed 'cause I was like... you know, I was like this amazing thing, like your special creation or something, and you don't ...
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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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