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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A true story of addiction, survival and family. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Boy: Siempre serás mi hijo 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:

$7,622,907, 13 January 2019
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first scenes shot for the film were the most intense, according to Van Groeningen, and involved Chalamet's character being hospitalized for a drug-overdose. Chalamet was instructed to lose weight a couple weeks before the filming of the "hospitalization scenes", and subsequently rested to recover in order to complete the rest of the shoot. Chalamet has stated that there were numerous "doctor visits" and "close calls" during the shoot, saying "Your mind knows you're acting. But when you drop twenty pounds and you are under a rain machine for eight takes in a T-shirt, your body doesn't know you're acting." See more »

Goofs

Meth does not need to be cooked for injection. See more »

Quotes

David Sheff: My son is out there somewhere, and I don't know what he's doing! I don't know how to help him!
Karen Barbour: You can't!
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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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Helicon I
Written by Dominic Aitchison and Stuart Braithwaite
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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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