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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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Timothée Chalamet: Golden Globe Nominee

Timothée Chalamet scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. We caught up with him and his Beautiful Boy costars at TIFF.

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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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Storyline

New York Times writer David Sheff discovers his teenage son Nicholas is missing and two days later, he reappears in their home. Seeing obvious signs of drug use, David takes Nic to a rehab clinic. Progress is made, and Nic requests to be transferred to a halfway house, where there is less security, and free time is given outside of a facility, to which David and Nic's doctors agree. Days later, however, Nic does not return home, and David goes out and finds him in the streets. Back at the rehab facility, Nic reveals that he has been consuming not only marijuana, but other drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and, most recently, crystal Meth. Time goes by and Nic has made a full recovery, and seeing his improvements, David sends him off to school to become a writer. Nic's newfound freedom and sobriety start off great, as he becomes a good student and starts a relationship with his classmate. However, at his girlfriend's parents' house, he finds a bottle of pills and slowly relapses, to the ...

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A true story of addiction, survival and family. 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2019 (Germany) 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:

$7,424,750, 9 December 2018
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In many of the scenes in airports, characters are shown at the gates greeting other characters/bidding them farewell. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, however, no one is allowed past security who isn't a ticket holder. Furthermore, the planes shown in many of these scenes are Boeing 727s, which are not used by the mainstream airlines any longer, and haven't been in decades. See more »

Quotes

David Sheff: I thought we were close. I thought we were closer than most fathers and sons! Why?
Nic Sheff: I felt better than I ever had, so... I just kept on doing it.
David Sheff: This isn't us! This is not who we are!
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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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Nanou2
Written by Richard James
Performed by Aphex Twin
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Draining, like a junky
27 October 2018 | by peggynight-24258See all my reviews

(Really) Great performances by all.

I don't understand the reviews that are saying it's emotionally disconnected or cold; surely this is intentional? There's the person. And there's the junky. And you do become emotionally disengaged when dealing with them or you get sucked into their groundhog day vortex.

This film walks well the fine line that is trying to care for a person within the family with proper substance abuse issues. They're often beautiful. And gifted. Which makes it all the more heartbreaking to see them do what they do. It's the hardest thing to know how to help a junky and perhaps even harder to accept that this is their choice.


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