Review: “Beautiful Boy” is an Eye Opener


Javier Sarache, Multimedia Editor


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 the course of many years. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, his first American film, bringing a heartbreaking true story to life on film. One that surely will resonate with viewers who have experienced addiction themselves. The movie also opens the eyes of many who often overlook this issue, which happens to be the number one cause of death in America for people under 50.

Nic Sheff played by, Timothee Chamelet, is an 18-year-old methamphetamine addict who is going through all he can to stay sober with the assistance from his family, particularly his father David Sheff, played by Steve Carell.

Beautiful Boy is mostly told from the father’s perspective. There’s hope, and then there isn’t, and there’s hope again. Rehab, in other words, leads to a halfway house to another relapse. “You can love someone, but you try as you may, you can’t fix them.”

Amazon Studios opened Beautiful Boy to one of the year’s best debut weekends to date ($221,437 in four theaters, averaging $55,359, the fourth-highest debut PTA of 2018)

However, the film’s inconsistency hindered its potential power, as it jumps all over the place at times. Needless flashbacks and flashforwards that get confusing throughout. It’s as if we’re repeatedly taken out of the moment after a big emotional build up. It is possible that the memories are the characters inner state of chaos but overall performances by both Chamalet and Carrell are Oscar worthy.

This movie is strongly recommended to be seen. It has the potential to help other struggling families trying to save their loved ones and also encourages everyone to be aware.