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Beautiful Boy Movie Review

Updated on March 3, 2019
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Donetta is a freelance writer. She's had her poems published in Ink & Voices, The Mystic Blue Review, The Reverie, and Spillwords.

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Based on Two Novels

I'm going to try not to spoil the movie for anyone, so I apologise if I unintentionally do so.

"Beautiful Boy" is a movie based on two novels. The first novel "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" was written by David Sheff.

The second novel that inspired the movie is "Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines" written by Nic Sheff, David's son.

Nic's novel is about living with addiction and how his drug use began, later spiraling out of control.

David Sheff's novel is written from the opposite side of drug abuse. It chronicles when David learned his son was abusing drugs, the extensive research he put into learning about addiction, the rehabs he helped Nic get into, and how Nic's addiction affected the rest of the family.


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Movie Rating

On a scale of 1 through 10, with 10 being the very best, I absolutely rate this movie a 10!

"Beautiful Boy" stars Steve Carell as David Sheff, the father struggling with his son's meth addiction. Timothee Chalamet plays Nic Sheff.

The movie at times confused me a little because of how the flashbacks scenes run together with the story. Although you can obviously tell it is memories being portrayed because of Nic's age in the scenes.

Aside from that minor detail, the movie was fantastic and heartbreaking. It shows how drug abuse affects others, not just the addict. Nic has a great support system. He seems to have a wonderful relationship with his stepmother and he adores his much younger siblings.

I like how the movie showed ways in which the father tried to understand Nic's addiction to crystal meth. You can read an interview with real life David and Nic Sheff at the link below.

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    • Donetta Sifford profile imageAUTHOR

      Donetta Sifford 

      24 months ago from Parrott, Virginia

      @Liz Westwood I read a sample of David Sheff's book "Beautiful Boy" last night and I definitely am planning on purchasing it asap. The movie was great but I always love the novels.

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      Liz Westwood 

      24 months ago from UK

      I think this movie has been on release in the UK. It's a story that deserves telling.

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