Biography


Beautiful Boy


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Biography
Runtime:
120 mins
Stars:
Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney
Director:
Felix van Groeningen
Producer:
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Content at a Glance

4
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
5
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


some kissing between adults; a sex scene between teens (not graphic)

Language


"f***"/"motherf*****"; "hell"; "a**"; "god/jesus christ"

Violence


No Information

Drugs


teen overdoses from using drugs; disturbing image of a teen's arm after using drugs; strong drug use, including meth, heroin, cocaine, pharmaceuticals, marijuana, and drinking

Nudity


a shirtless young man

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

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.


Movie Message

Between David and Nic Sheff (Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, respectively), there is a world of healing in need of illumination. Nic becomes increasingly addicted to alcohol and drugs, escalating as far as a painful dependence on meth. David, blind-sighted by the changes in his son's life, is stuck: he cannot help his son in the way he feels he should, and he learns that he cannot be the source of Nic's recovery. And in between these characters is a beautiful dance, a journey into descent and, with hope, back into the light.

Again, between these performances from Carell and Chalamet, we ride the emotional waves of addiction, recovery, relapse, and everything in between. Between these actors, we feel deep empathy and, somehow, still habor great hope for these real-life characters. Without these strong performances, Beautiful Boy could slip up.

The challenge about the film is the amount of artistic integrity utilized in the film. It is filled with objectively great cinematography, captures a very intentional editing style, and is unafraid to incorporate a dynamic score. The issue with all of this experimentation is that it takes away from the film's beautiful core: a long, difficult walk between a struggling son and the father desperately trying to help.

Beautiful Boy is not approved by Dove because of its language and drug content.

The Dove Take

Beautifully acted, just with unfocused direction, Beautiful Boy is a harrowing journey.

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