Beautiful Boy Review - Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell Deliver Compelling, Truthful, Performances

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Beautiful Boy, from Amazon Pictures and Plan B Entertainment, brings to the screen the true story of the father-son relationship between Nic Sheff and David Sheff as the downward spiral of substance abuse takes over their lives.

Directed by Felix Van Groeningen Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Christian Convery, Oakley Bull, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer and Andre Royo. Beautiful Boy is based on the book of the same name by David Sheff and “Tweak” written by Nic Sheff.

The film begins with David Sheff, played by Steve Carell, talking with a physician about the effects of drugs and drug abuse. The doctor, whom we don’t see at this time is asking if this is for Rolling Stone or some other publication which is when we find out Nic, David’s son is addicted to crystal meth.


Bad Times at El Royale Review - Shocking, Resonating, Explosive


This point is turning point for David as we find out later in the film. We loop back now to the early days of relationship of Nic and David.

David was able to retain custody of his son Nic, after he divorced his wife, Vicki, played by Amy Ryan, a Los Angeles based artist and each year from the time he was a child he would fly to Los Angeles from Northern California and spend summers and some holidays with his mom. At each goodbye David would explain he loved him more than everything.

In the early days after the divorce the Sheff men were inseparable, surfing, hanging out, developing a genuine and deeply loving relationship. Soon David remarried a Northern California artist, Karen, played by Maura Tierney. They were a great family.

Returning to the present we see David lying in bed, wide-eyed staring at the ceiling unable to sleep. It’s late and Nic isn’t home. By morning, he checks and the car is back with a broken headlight, and Nic is sleeping.

Which is when we begin to see the frustration David feels. Once again Nic is trusted and he comes home drugged out. As the film is made, it moves from present to past, and back to the present.

Now it is another long journey of broken promises of sobriety and the final straw. This time David takes him to rehab, which seems to work, and after a couple of weeks Nic has had it with the rules and leaves the program.

When David is informed that his son has left he immediately drives to San Francisco and scours the streets, allies, and garbage infested drug dens looking for him. This time he finds him sleeping in the pouring rain, drugged out of his mind.

Beautiful Boy is powerfully delivered and very uncomfortable. The performances are so genuine and authenticate that it feels more like voyeurism as we are given this glimpse into the inner demons and seriously dirty laundry of this otherwise really nice, socially aware, artistically inclined and supportive family.

Timothee Chalament and Steve Carell deliver remarkable character driven performances. Chalament’s character, Nic, has years of experimentation and finally hits rock bottom, the arch is more like a deep fall into a ravine, with slow climbs, shorter falls, more climbing, until he peaks. He plays these moments with astounding accuracy.

Steve Carell is impressive. His character moves from the supportive, he’s my son I have no choice I’ll do anything to save him from destroying himself, to a tough love position and no more. He delivers each shade with compelling truth.

Beautiful Boy is more than simply another drug addicted teen spirally out of control and finally fixing it. The film explores the themes that are common in all drug addicts that still retain some contact with loved ones. The cycle of broken trust plays heavily in the film as a sober/clean/clear Nic would make a promise and the drugs would take over and the break the trust.

The film also deals with the shocking statistics associated with recovery. And also highlights the NA, AA and families of NA support groups. The reality for the enabler of drug abuse, the families, the mother’s father’s, sisters, brother’s, children, is that you’ll always be planning for life after they get clean, when they are sober, when drugs don’t rule them. It is a life in waiting and not a life living.


Making Montgomery Clift Review - A Reveling Documentary Filled with Hollywood Secrets, Lies and Truth


Beautiful Boy is shockingly real. Gripping, a genuine, authentic portrayal of drug addiction and the deep, resonating, pain of watching someone loved destroy oneself. 

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet capture the heart of the story, the emotion of each character and deliver deeply vulnerable performances. This film should surely be around during awards season.

Beautiful Boy opens October 12, 2018. See it. 

Haute Tease

  • Beltway Insider: Guns and The American People; Global Gun Violence; Sandy Hook, Charlie Hebdo; Club Renia, Pulse Nightclub; Chicago

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama moved ahead this week announcing his strategy during an emotional speech that turned from his usual objectivity to humanizing the victims remembering each of them, including the first graders of the Sandy Hook Massacre.

     
  • Three Deadly Explosions Rock Brussels; 31 Dead; Scores Injured; City in Lockdown

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Three catastrophic blasts in two different locations have exploded across Brussels, Belgium, the capital city, during the morning commute killing at least 31, including the airport suicide bomber, and leaving dozens wounded.

     
  • An Evening of Food & Foto’s for Foundation Rwanda

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Fifteen of LA’s most celebrated chef’s recently gathered at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills for an evening of Food & Foto’s to benefit Foundation Rwanda.

     
  • stARTup Art Fair San Francisco Takes Over Hotel Del Sol For Third Annual Art Fair

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 2017 stARTup Art Fair San Francisco takes over Hotel Del Sol this weekend and brings together one of the most talked about, and avant-garde Art Fairs in the country matched only by those in Los Angeles and Chicago.

     
  • Vimeo Original Series High Maintenance To Premiere November 11th

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    (September 24, 2014 | New York, NY) Vimeo announced today that it's set to premiere a new round of episodes of married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's heralded series High Maintenance on November 11th, 2014. Three new episodes will be available on the 11th, followed by another set of three in early 2015.

     
  • Helix Pressure Cooker Review – Talk About Making Life Easier (Recipes For Mom's Brisket and Shrimp Paella)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Fagor America, the leader in ultra-efficient cooking tops and time-saving pressure cookers, recently launched the newest Helix Pressure Cooker. So user friendly, simple and honestly, a nearly effortless cooking tool, it should really be kept a secret.

     
  • LEXUS and The Weinstein Company Present Short Film Directors Jon Goldman and Satsuki Okawa

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Lexus and The Weinstein Company recently announced the two finalists in the LIFE IS AMAZING premiere short film showcase opportunity as the innovation giants work exclusively with the talented filmmakers and rely on the audience to vote the winner.

     
  • HL Breaking News: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigning

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama is due to announce the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, as early as Monday morning, according to unnamed White House sources close to the unfolding situation. Hagel has served in the top defense position since February 2013.

     
  • FAQ’s Answered on FDA Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Americans spend almost 60 billion dollars annually in pursuit of weight loss with gastric bypass surgery the most common; an option that isn’t for everyone. Like any major procedure, gastric bypass has significant health risks and side effects.

     
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment Hosts The Amazing Spider Man Sneak Peek

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Amazing Spider-Man, from Marvel Comics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures presented a global sneak peek of the summer 2012 release at the Century City, California AMC Theaters.

     
  • Summer '18 Gift Guide - Easy Ways to Improve The Summer (and Beyond)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With summer temperatures lingering on the high, many are still out and about enjoying the long, lazy days when gadgets and gear that eases our travels, enhances our self-care regime, and just makes life more enjoyable is always in demand.

     
  • One Week With The NYPD (Reprinted with Permission)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With the rise in excessive and deadly force, a blog in 2007 began with "And Justice For Sean," written when a Queens County Grand Jury handed down an eight count indictment show justice, elusive, is still possible.

     
  • North Pole Experience and Little America Hotel Partner to Usher in the Holidays

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As the holiday season marches upon us - I had the opportunity to speak with Santa's Ambassador, Scott Pace, who is hard at work in Flagstaff, AZ where he, along with his team of Elf University graduates are preparing a one of a kind gathering that includes a special appearances from Santa as he prepares for his annual round the world blast.

     
  • Adventures on the Queen Mary Review - Stunning, Beautiful, A Must Have

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Adventures on the Queen Mary, by Dave Wooders with James Radford, a book for those who have dreamed of traveling the high seas, in all the style of a bygone era and the opulence of the Queens luxury.

     
  • The VICTOR of Outdoor Concerts Announces California Philharmonic’s Final Outdoor Season; Orchestra To Continue Performing At Walt Disney Concert Hall

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Maestro Victor Vener returns to conduct the 2016 Cal Phil line-up boasting three spectacular Saturday evening concerts outside and Under the Dome at Santa Anita Race Track and four cool Sunday afternoon matinées at Walt Disney Concert Hall.