Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

DVD - 2010
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Bill and Kate 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.

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No_Stalkers4Me
Nov 30, 2015

It is "slow", but well done. Worth watching when you're in the mood for same.

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readyrisa
May 31, 2015

This movie is about the parents of a teenager being responsible for a school massacre and how they cope, and deal with something that can't be undone.. and trying to move on. Good film and good acting.

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StarGladiator
Aug 05, 2014

Or, is it believable that decent, loving parents beget mass-murdering children, or even murdering children? Possibly, but I've never met any; in those cases where I came into contact with the murderer and his parents prior to the horrific event, one could almost have predicted the outcome.

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slarsen
Aug 05, 2014

I thought this movie was kind of slow; laborious, and depressing. Could have used more dialog.

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BloomFree
May 05, 2014

An unusual and believable Love Story. It felt very real to me. I kept hoping that the two parents would stand up to the injustice but I understand that that would have put a different flavor to the movie. This is a movie also about the search for truth and to make sense of a world that in one moment can permanently impact you.

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denisesmith12
Oct 03, 2013

A wonderful film showing the other side of a tragic shooting, the parents of the shooter and how they must deal with it being also the innocent victims!!!Tastefully done

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21221018293347
Jun 11, 2012

Very difficult topic. This is the story of parents who lost a child in a "Columbine" school shooting; but their son was the shooter. I had to turn the movie off as I couldn't deal with the topic. As far as I watched, it was very well done, superb acting and conveyance of emotions. What a traumatic time for everyone, but especially the parents of the shooter.

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sdswbob
May 24, 2012

A VERY tough subject, but EXCELLANTLY acted! They travel an emotional spectrum; grief, shock, shame, guilt and self loathing. They survive this emotional rollercoaster, and emerge stronger. Well worth seeing, BUT ONLY if you know a brief outline of the movie first. This movie is slow moving, using emotions to replace explosions and car crashes.

LaimaA Apr 15, 2012

This movie is heartbreaking to watch. I was suppressing the urge to cry for most of the film. Maria Bello and Michael Sheen conveyed grief, shock, horror, numbness, weariness, and all the other emotions that these two characters underwent so effectively and with such delicacy. It's clearly not a joy (in the happy happy joy joy sense) to watch, but it's a quality film starring two seriously great actors.

Quimeras Mar 26, 2012

This film is not so much about the act of violence or the reasons that led to it, but rather about grief. The movie does an excellent job at depicting the couple’s isolation as well as their individual desire to make sense of it all.

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