Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Beautiful Boy - Excellent Movie with the Wrong Title

Today I was grateful that I am retired and don't have to go to work and put up with managerial nonsense. I had a dentist appointment in Forest Hills late in the morning and from there I walked over the Kew Gardens Cinema to see Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell.  As I have said many times in this journal I often go to this theater to see movies that appeal to older audiences that are not shown at the local multiplex.

This film showed the experiences of a family coping with the problems involved with the drug addiction of a young adult.  It was based on dual memoirs of David Sheff (father played by Steve Carell) and Nic Sheff (the son played by Timothee Chalamet).

I always associated the phrase "Beautiful Boy" with the John Lennon song from the album Double Fantasy.  John sings to his son Sean who was only 5 years old.  Nic Sheff was at least 18 years old in the movie.  There were about 30 seconds of the song in the film.  For that reason, I thought a different title should have been used.

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