October 19, 2018

Beautiful Boy is in select theaters on October 12th, 2018.

Beautiful Boy tells the true story of Nic Sheff’s addiction to drugs as a teenager. He had a promising life being accepted into 6 colleges and instead quickly spirals into the emotional hardship that comes with drug addiction. Taking his family along with him through it all, can this true story be told in an effective way or is there not enough realistic elements?

With movies like these dealing with such a distressing topic, I feel like the cast can make or break the plot. In this case the cast did a phenomenal job showing the constant highs and lows of a drug user trying to stay sober and how much it affects those around them. It felt like I was watching an extended episode of Intervention, in a good way because everything felt so real.

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet as the father-son duo were extremely believable. Going through the heartbreaking ups and downs of recovery and relapse, there were several times I got emotional with them. Chalamet’s performance as a drug addict was spot on. He was unpredictable in his actions and showcased all the stages in such a real way. Steve Carell’s performance as the father trying to understand the how’s and why’s his son chooses drugs over getting help is a constant tug at the heartstrings.

The music also plays a big part at setting the tone for this movie. If you were not already feeling a certain mood, the music will quickly put you there. It ranges from all types of moods too which fits perfectly with the roller coaster ride of emotions this movie puts you through.

Beautiful Boy is a movie that is painful to watch but an important story to be told. It is not for the faint of heart and will leave a lasting impact of the harrowing effects of addiction.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Ashley Ashley (Contributing Editor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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