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Beautiful Boy [Blu-ray] (2010)

Maria Bello , Michael Sheen , Shawn Ku  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maria Bello, Michael Sheen, Kyle Gallner, Alan Tudyk, Meat Loaf Aday
  • Directors: Shawn Ku
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CA4SP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beautiful Boy is an unconventional love story that explores the journey of a married couple on the verge of separation, who must live with unimaginable heartbreak, and find healing through the darkest days of their lives.

Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) hopelessly try to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They struggle numbly through the funeral, the media onslaught, and the awkward pity from relatives and friends. Their already strained marriage is tested as they realize all they have left with each other is their shared grief and confusion--and the unfortunate legacy of their son. This life-altering event forces Bill and Kate to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery --and ultimately hope--so that they can finally see each other and their chance for happiness again with clear eyes.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I must admit that the premise of this film did not excite me terribly at first glance, since I've seen too many made-for-TV movies filled with overly sentimental music and tear-jerking dramatics. Viewing the film, however, was both refreshing and dramatically satisfying.

Bill and Kate are the middle-class parents of college junior Sammy, a young man who has always been quiet and something of a loner. There is a tension beneath their marriage which is not readily apparent to anyone, not even to them. One night their son calls and sounds unusually quiet. The viewer is easily able to spot the sadness and confusion in his face, but Bill and Kate notice nothing over the phone, chatting only about planning the family vacation.

The next morning brings the news that a student has shot dozens of fellow students at Sammy's college. There is a lockdown and no information is coming out of the school. Worried as they are, Bill and Kate convince themselves that Sammy is fine - he rarely answers his cell phone anyway, Kate muses - until the moment when two detectives appear at their door. Kate screams, "He's dead, isn't he?" and their worst fears are confirmed. But then comes the unthinkable, "There's more" says the Detective, as he informs them that Sammy is the perpetrator who shot himself in the head after murdering so many of his fellow students. "LIAR!" shrieks Kate, "LIAR!" she repeats, as she collapses in disbelief.

They both take to bed, Bill in their room and Kate sprawled across Sammy's in his attic bedroom. After a short while, the reporters appear at their door and the television is endlessly showing Sammy's photo and a seemingly psychopathic video he made shortly before his rampage.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing. December 9, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I'll get this out of the way.
Brilliant acting.
Amazing direction.
Pacing, score, pretty much everything was brilliant.
Definitely worth a watch.
Here's why...

The movie is about your average married couple who's college age kid snaps and goes on a school shooting rampage before taking his own life.
My memories of Columbine and the other various school shootings over the years are still very fresh in my mind.
The one thing that I always wondered was how the families related to the shooters dealt with what had happened.
I think this movie does an excellent job of showing what these families go through.
When Columbine happened, I like many was the first to point my finger at the parents.
But what I've noticed about a lot of these shooters is that they're almost always late teens to early twenties. That's usually right when schizophrenia symptoms start to manifest in young men.
So no, in a lot of cases I think the parents raise the kids just fine and are just as baffled by what happened as everyone else.
I know it's of little comfort to the victims families but all too often the warning signs of mental illness go unnoticed.
The only thing we can really learn from tragedies like this are to better recognize the symptoms as well as finding better ways to treat people who are mentally ill before things escalate to such violence.
This was a very difficult movie for me to make it through.
If you cry easily, you better have tissue near by.
I did.
A powerful and disturbing movie that I'm glad I saw.
I probably won't ever watch it again it was too depressing.
It definitely left a mark on me.
Very sad.
As I said before I, like many pointed my finger of judgement at the parents.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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The struggling married couple at the heart of "Beautiful Boy" have their lives altered by the most horrific nightmare imaginable involving their son. It is timely and excruciatingly unpleasant, the central tragedy should resonate with anyone concerned about alienation and random violence in the world today. To the movie's advantage, the DVD cover and promotional material has the common sense to NOT reveal the specifics of this incident. For the movie to achieve its maximum power, it is best to allow the content to be unveiled to the viewer as it unfolds to the parents. However, this subtle tactic is undermined by almost every review available on Amazon (including Amazon's own editorial DVD description). It's an unfortunate miscalculation, in my estimation, as it eliminates much tension from the film's earlier scenes and detracts from one of the year's most harrowing moments. Writer/director Shawn Ku takes universal tragedy and shifts the focus in an unexpected and very personal way. By doing so, he has given Michael Sheen and Maria Bello two of the most underrated roles (and performances) of the year.

Sheen and Bello play an affluent, yet struggling, couple on the brink of divorce. As they are making important decisions about their lives together, some crushing news about their college-age son smashes their existence. Suddenly, they are at the center of a public maelstrom. Everything they thought they knew has been stripped away and they are left with nothing but each other. Trying to make sense of what happened and simultaneously trying to move past it, the couple attempt to navigate a powder keg of emotions. And the story is very much about Bello and Sheen and how they cope. Will this incident pull them back together or destroy them forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very different perspective. Everyone forgets the parents of ...
A very different perspective. Everyone forgets the parents of the perpetrator are victims as well. This movie does demonstrate the struggles of the parents as they try to figure... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Crzy8zn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie but Depressing
This movie had a great cast and full of good acting but a very downer of a movie. Michael Sheen is a very underrated actor in my opinion.
Published 5 months ago by Lawrence H. Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film. It reflects the painful and intimate perspective of the death of a killer, through the eyes of his parents. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yvonne M. Lozano
4.0 out of 5 stars touching
This movie was a nice surprise with compassion and feeling.
Touching emotion that led to seperation but them brought them
back together
Published 15 months ago by Jerry D. Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars drags sometimes
While I don't want to be *too* harsh on a movie that clearly sets out to be emotional (and it succeeds in that respect) and of course, given the sensitive subject matter concerning... Read more
Published 16 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars No Lifetime movie - thoughtful and well-done
I accidentally caught the last half of this on Starz and was absolutely mezmerized. I had seen the synopsis in my satellite guide, but I was not interested. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lbrlartist
5.0 out of 5 stars Goes All The Way
Skip this film if you are suicidal or chronically depressed. It may take a lot out of you. The parents are set up so that the audience can neither blame nor excuse them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Tea: 1 word, INTENSE
Overall, this is an intense journey down the rabbit hole of a pretty unpleasant dramatic story.
So, if you're not into that, don't watch this movie. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rantings Of a Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an intense movie!
This movie was great! It really gives you a different perspective on serious issues like the one that happens in the movie.
Published 18 months ago by barginbuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY Real/VERY Sad
I purchased this movie because it was on many critics' lists for best film. It's hard to watch at times. It's very current with what is happening in today's world. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Tyrrell
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