Based on the best-selling true accounts of a father and son, Beautiful Boy stars Timothée Chalamet (Call My By Your Name, Lady Bird) as Nic Sheff, a young man struggling with a substance abuse problem and Steve Carrell (Vice, Foxcatcher, Curly Sue) as David Sheff, a dad in the delicate position of trying to help his son but also enforce tough love. A promising writer, Nic pushes his family away as his early experimentations with drugs begin to take hold of his life while David, a – by all counts pretty hip – Rolling Stone journalist, tries his best to understand Nic’s journey rather than just pushing him away. A moving, warmly shot portrait of a family in crisis directed by Felix Van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown).
Why You Should See This Film
Carrell and Chalamet bring so much to these tender roles and together they share a sweet father-son chemistry, rare to see on screen. Adapted from ‘Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction’ by David Sheff and Nic Sheff’s ‘Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines’, the screen-play was co-written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Luke Davies (Lion, Candy) whose former addiction lends an authentic voice to the ebbs and flows of the life of an addict. Oh! And a bit of trivia: the Sheff’s beautiful craftsman-style house was also featured in Big Little Lies.
- Year: 2018
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Felix van Groeningen
- Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney
- Duration: 120 minutes
- Language: English