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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
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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on the Acclaimed Memoirs of David Sheff and Nic Sheff See more »

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:

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:

$7,628,832, 17 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Amy Ryan and Andre Royo both appeared on The Wire. See more »

Goofs

When Nic is arranging his CDs, the amount of CDs in each of the four columns changes numerous times between shots. 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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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Nic is heard reciting the poem "Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski. See more »

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Referenced in Busy Tonight: Maura Tierney; Katie Lee (2018) See more »

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Darling I Need Your Love
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Performed by The Chips
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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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