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Beautiful Boy (2010)

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A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.


Shawn Ku
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan South Logan South ... Young Sammy
Maria Bello ... Kate
Michael Sheen ... Bill
Kyle Gallner ... Sammy
Bruce French ... Harry
Austin Nichols ... Cooper
Gregory H. Alpert ... Baby Shower Carl / Web Reporter Voice
Deidrie Henry ... Bonnie
Kelli Kirkland ... TV News Reporter (as Kelli Kirkland Powers)
David Lipper ... Radio Reporter Voice / Television Ranter
Nigel Gibbs ... Police Detective
Brooke Lyons ... TV Reporter Voice
Michael Call Michael Call ... TV Reporter Voice
Alan Tudyk ... Eric
Moon Bloodgood ... Trish


Bill and Kate are in an emotionless marriage with their only son away at college. They knew he didn't sound happy but then comes the news that he was the mass murderer at his school killing 17 professors, fellow students and himself. They try to move on with their lives but they are held back by their own grief and the fact that the media and everyone around them view them as monsters. The more they fight it, they realize they only have each other. Written by napierslogs

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The hardest part of moving on is letting go, and finding the courage to forgive, to regret, to love, hope, heal, trust, hurt, feel, rebuild, live. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 November 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A mi drága kisfiunk See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,162, 5 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,247, 17 July 2011
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Kate exits the taxi after arriving at the cemetery, she shuts the car door and then we hear the sound of it closing. See more »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.20 (2011) See more »

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A very powerful and moving movie dealing with parents of a student who goes on a shooting spree and kills 17. I say B
28 September 2011 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Things would be different from now on. They didn't know if it would be better or worse but for certain things would change." Bill (Sheen) and Kate (Bello) are getting things in order for their separation. No longer happy they barely talk anymore. When news of a shooting at their son's college comes they begin to fear the worst. When told that it was their son who did the shooting they begin to wonder why. This is a very emotional movie and is sometimes tough to get through. The acting is excellent (not surprising) and is very realistic and subdued. I really did like this movie but there seemed to be something missing to make it great. After movies like "Other Woman" and "Rabbit Hole" the subjects of children tragedy has been all over and for some reason this one did not have the same effect on me that those did. This movie did tackle the rarely seen subject of what the parents of someone who does that goes through and made you take a second thought at how you may have felt after the Columbine or Virgina Tech families. Overall, a powerful story with great acting that is missing something to make it great. I'm just not sure what it is. I do recommend this though. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I could

*Also try - Trust

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