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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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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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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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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 »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$218,888, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$7,649,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,540,848
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Nic Scheff was born July 20, 1982. In an early scene, Nic says he is 18, but he hasn't started college yet. The scene is probably around fall 2000. This explains why the characters in the movie have 90's bands on their posters and t-shirts. 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 »

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David Sheff: There are moments that I look at him, this kid that I raised, who I thought I knew inside and out, and I wonder who he is. He's been doing all sorts of drugs, but he's addicted to crystal meth, which seems, uh, to be the worst of all of them. And I guess I'm here because I just want to know all that I can about all of it. Know your enemies, right? So, my two big questions are, what is it doing to him, and what can I do to help him?
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Written by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jon Birgisson), Georg Holm and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson (as Agust Gunnarsson)
Performed by Sigur Rós (as Sigur Ros)
Courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
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Cause it's a long way to go, a hard row to hoe...
8 September 2018 | by mr_bickle_the_pickleSee all my reviews

This film is based off the memoir by David Sheff (played by Steve Carell) and Nic Sheff (played by Timothee Chalamet). It follows a father who is desperately trying to help to son and slowly coming to terms that maybe he can't. Let me tell you, this is some powerful stuff that is executed flawlessly by the actors. All were great but in particular Timothee and Steve are standouts. My bet is that the diner scene ("This is who I am") will be the clip chosen during awards season. But theres also some more subtle nuanced scenes too. In particular there is this scene right after Nic has relapsed by popping some pills and you can just tell he is thinking "Why did I just do that?". And your heart also breaks for David when you see him driving around looking for his son.

The director does choose with this film to present in a non-linear way. Often times it does show flashbacks. That might not be everyone's cup of tea but I think it works. I think it helps to delve into David's mind and understand where he's coming from. He probably is thinking "Where did I go wrong?" I also felt the director did a good job of establishing shots to remind you of a happier time without using flashbacks. For instance there is a scene where Nic is playing with his younger siblings in the sprinkler and then later (after another heartbreaking scene of Nic fleeing) there is a shot of the empty backyard with the sprinkler coming on.

The screenwriter was saying that he originally didnt want to do this film as he previously did a drug film (Candy -starring Heath Ledger) which was also based on his real life addiction with heroin. But ultimately decided to do this one as he never really had shown the other side of drug addiction. I thought he did a good job with it. It never glamourized doing drugs, but I also liked and appreciated that Nic was humanized in this. Yes, he is causing his family pain, but he isnt treated as the villain. You feel for him too.

Overall, I quite liked this film. And I also thought the soundtrack was on point. I think you will see this film pop up during awards season. Maybe Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, but I think definitely for Timothee and Steve. It would be criminal if they werent there. Another thing I want to note is that about halfway through the credits there is a voiceover done by Timothee where he is reading out a poem that is briefly mentioned earlier. So that might be something you want to stick around for.


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