For my final blog, I’m writing about a movie that made me sob in theaters (and when I say sob I mean me and everyone around me could hear me). Beautiful Boy is more of an independent movie, the kind of movie that wasn’t made for the purpose of making it big. Beautiful Boy was made to address an epidemic in our country: addiction. The leading cause of death for American’s under the age of 50 is overdosing. It’s an issue no one likes to talk about because we don’t really know what to say.
Beautiful Boy tells the story of Nic Sheff (played by Timothée Chalamet) and David Sheff’s (played by Steve Carell) relationship . The father son relationship was shaken when Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth. The movie is absolutely heart wrenching, but shows what it’s like for families who experience the impact of drug addiction. As someone who has this in my family, I’ve never seen such an accurate depiction of drug addiction as this movie showed. Beautiful Boy gave my friends understanding into my life that I would’ve never been able to explain. Timothée said in an interview that one of his biggest fears about starring in this movie is that it was someone’s actual experience and he didn’t want to mess it up.
The responses have been incredible. People have taken to social media to address the epidemic no one talks about because of this movie. From Instagram to Twitter people have begun urging others to go see the movie that explains addiction in a way we have never seen before.
Addiction is the kind of thing we all want to help solve, but no one has the words or the plans to make it happen. I think it starts with brave steps and bold conversations. Even addicts don’t want to be addicts. They need someone to believe in them, but they also have to believe in themselves. Beautiful Boy tells the heart wrenching tale that is seen over and over again with youths in America. Go see this movie. Get educated on the things that are happening around you. See the movie that is bringing thousands to tears. I’ve included a trailer below if you need anymore convincing.