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Beautiful Boy (2018)

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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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Timothée Chalamet: Golden Globe Nominee

Timothée Chalamet scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. We caught up with him and his Beautiful Boy costars at TIFF.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... David Sheff
Maura Tierney ... Karen Barbour
Jack Dylan Grazer ... Nic Sheff (12 Years Old)
Oakley Bull ... Daisy Sheff
Christian Convery ... Jasper Sheff
Timothée Chalamet ... Nic Sheff
Amy Aquino ... Annie Goldblum
Carlton Wilborn ... Vince
Stefanie Scott ... Julia
Marypat Farrell ... Julia's Mother
Timothy Hutton ... Dr. Brown
Amy Forsyth ... Diane
Kue Lawrence ... Nic Sheff (5 Years Old)
Brandon James Cienfuegos ... Kid (as Brandon Cinfuegos)
Cheska Corona ... Kid
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2018 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$7,649,973, 7 February 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,259,442, 7 February 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first scenes shot for the film were the most intense, according to Van Groeningen, and involved Chalamet's character being hospitalized for a drug-overdose. Chalamet was instructed to lose weight a couple weeks before the filming of the "hospitalization scenes", and subsequently rested to recover in order to complete the rest of the shoot. Chalamet has stated that there were numerous "doctor visits" and "close calls" during the shoot, saying "Your mind knows you're acting. But when you drop twenty pounds and you are under a rain machine for eight takes in a T-shirt, your body doesn't know you're acting." See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the father describes Nic's hair as "shoulder-length." In fact, it doesn't even cover his ears. 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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During the end credits, Nic is heard reciting the poem "Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski. See more »

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Performed by The Jeggpap New Orleans Jazzband
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"Beautiful Boy" is a powerful movie going experience
11 October 2018 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

Belgian Director Felix Van Groningen ("The Broken Circle" 2012 - Winner of multiple Film Festival Awards) brings the best selling pair of memories, "Beautiful Boy" by father David Sheff and "Tweak" by son Nic Sheff to the big screen with heart-wrenching perfection. Steve Carell steps into the role of David, a father willing and available to help his son through a period he can't understand. Timothy Chalamet ("Call Me by Your Name") is Nic, a young boy who appears to have it all, only to be dealing with a dark hole feed by drug addicition. The beauty of this film is that the story is told from both father and son perspectives. Nic writes about what was happening in his head and heart, while David writes what it was like to be a father looking in. Van Groningen's primary setting is a family cabin in the woods of San Francisco. Breathtaking in its appearance, surrounded by the forrest and a yard surely once filled with memorable family times, the interior is mysteriously gloomy and dark, warning the viewer something is wrong here. Cinematography (Ruben Impens), and the films eerie musical score, further cement the tense presented on screen, dropping the viewer into various SF locations that grab you and hold you down. Be for warned: The silence within this film is so powerful, that if you're eating popcorn, sipping on a beverage or your phone rings, you do any of these at your own risk. Yet, however strong this film is, something is missing here. The performance are above terrific and touching, the story is current and relevant, and the mothers (Maura Tierney "ER" and Amy Ryan "Birman") perspective is equally on point. Yet, I found myself unable to fully latch on to the characters in the manner that I'm sure the writers wanted. "Beautiful Boy" is a powerful movie going experience, and one that is hard to get out of your head.


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