Friday, June 3, 2011

In Theaters, June 3, 2011 : BEAUTIFUL BOY

Official Synopsis : "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.

What to Expect : Powerful independent drama, starring two excellent actors, Maria Bello and Michael Sheen, caught in a heart-wrenching story. Not everyone's cup of tea, but a soul-searching experience for anyone in the mood for one.

Critical Response : It's only a limited release, so availability is low, but from the few critics who have spoken their mind about it, the results are quite positive. Peter Travers of Rolling Stones said that director Shawn Ku has "crafted a film that will haunt you for a good long time". Stephen Saito of IFC.com praises the two actors, saying that "Bello and Sheen are equally fearless in their performances.... From the negative reviews, Lou Rumenick sums it up the best, saying that "The relentlessly grim 'Beautiful Boy' ends up being an endurance test. On Rottentomatoes.com the movie is 72% fresh, with 21 positive reviews and 8 negative.

More Details : 

  • Starring : Maria Bello, Michael Sheen, Kyle Gallner.

  • Director : Shawn Ku.

  • Screenplay : Michael Armbruster, Shawn Ku.

  • Running Time : 100 min.

  • Rating : R for some language and a scene of sexuality.


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