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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan South ... Young Sammy
... Kate
... Bill
... Sammy
... Harry
... Cooper
... Baby Shower Carl / Web Reporter Voice (as Gregory H. Alpert)
... Bonnie
... TV News Reporter (as Kelli Kirkland Powers)
... Radio Reporter Voice / Television Ranter
... Police Detective
... TV Reporter Voice
Michael Call ... TV Reporter Voice
... Eric
... Trish
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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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Everything seemed perfect. Everything would change. See more »

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Drama

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

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4 November 2011 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A mi drága kisfiunk  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,162, 5 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,247, 17 July 2011
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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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early screening review
19 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

The words in the trailer give the perfect canvas to draw upon for the film. In a single moment your entire life can change. The hardest part of moving on is letting go, and finding the courage to forgive; to regret; and to love. To comfort those around us in times of need we often use words like hope, heal, trust, hurt, feel, and rebuild. However, it is the word "live" that is the most important. When the emotions of life have gotten the better of us, we forget how to live. This is a film about living. So rarely do you find such a beautiful debut film for a writer/director, but Shawn Ku has done just this with "Beautiful Boy". The decision to use distant camera shots that are then zoomed in provides a layer between the characters and the audience that works in this film as we are invading the private lives during their most difficult times.

The film follows the emotional journey of Bill (Michael Sheen) and wife Kate (Maria Bello) who are coping with the loss of their son from a college shooting incident. The blurred foreground as you peak through a window, or from another room in the house, to see and hear a conversation is perfect as their lives are forever going to be in a fish bowl. We all want to stare and look, but are afraid to get close and truly understand what they are experiencing. The film deals with a topic that is for the most part unfamiliar to all of us. We have seen the unfortunate tragedies of Thurston HS (1998), Columbine HS (1999), and Virginia Tech (2007). However, the emotions of the families are completely foreign.

The supporting roles are quietly powerful with Alan Tudyk (mostly known for his role of Steve the Pirate in "Dodgeball") as the brother of Kate, who defends his sister to his own wife when she is acting like "supermom" to her nephew. Then there is Meat Loaf as a hotel manager that says what we all are thinking. However, the best of the supporting cast might be Deidre Henry as the neighbor who quietly delivers the best performance. Her comforting hug to Kate is exactly what you in the audience might want to do.

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