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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.

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

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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
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Storyline

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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To confront the truth, first they had to face each other. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »

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

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Grinding misery
2 May 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Kate (Maria Bello) and Bill (Michael Sheen) are a struggling couple who are sleeping in separate rooms. He's looking at apartments while she still hopes to save the marriage with the next family vacation. Their son Sammy (Kyle Gallner) is away at college. He's miserable and he goes on a shooting spree killing himself and many others. The onslaught of media forces them to stay with her brother Eric (Alan Tudyk) and his wife Trish (Moon Bloodgood).

Bello and Sheen are using all their acting skills to drive this movie. The movie strips away all the power. The shooting takes place off screen. The movie doesn't allow Sammy to explain his actions. Kyle Gallner just doesn't have much screen time. It's all about the parents struggle to find meaning. It's a movie of misery. It's admirable but it grinds down the audience with its unrelenting bleakness.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,162, 5 June 2011

Gross USA:

$77,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,123
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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