Producer: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Nan Morales
Writer: David Sheff, Nic Sheff, Felix Van Groeningen
Release Date: Oct 12, 2018
Runtime: 1hr 52m
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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Steve Carell and Amy Ryan previously appeared together as a couple in The Office (US).
Nic Sheff: What are you doing, huh? You always gotta be controlling everything all the time!
David Sheff: Let me book you a room at a hotel for a couple nights.
Nic Sheff: No, Dad. No, Dad, I want it to go like this.
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 like who I am now!
David Sheff: Yeah? Who are you, Nic?
Nic Sheff: This is me, Dad! Here, this is who I am!
David Sheff: This is not you! This is not you, Nic!
As close to reality as it gets. Addiction is snatching lives up at an alarming rate.
A great depiction of what addition is and how it affects those around you. As such, it was one of the more depressing movies I've seen in years. All the acting was exceptional! It's hard to capture emotion like that but everyone did so well!
The root problem is repetitiveness, the seemingly endless cycle of progress and relapse that causes heartbreak in real life and induces déjà vu in audiences — even dejà déjà vu, since there’s repetition within the already familiar pattern. The mosaic structure is simply, though not successfully, an attempt to hold our attention.
Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows.
As enacted here by unquestionably fine actors, this story does not emerge as compelling or convincing, and the film is aggravatingly narrow-minded in its interests. However, if one stays with it all the way to the end, it is absolutely worth sitting still for the end credits, over which is played a monologue by Nic which is the best thing in the picture.