Get ready to get out the tissues for the extremely edgy, powerful drama Beautiful Boy. Unlike the title may suggest, this is not a sweet, love story; this is a dark tale that begins with a lot of ugliness and takes on a number of painfully serious and real issues. The film shows the journey of a married couple trying to stay together after their own son has done the unthinkable. How first time theatrical feature film director Shawn Ku finds the beauty in the story will be what potentially make the film great .
Starring in the film is Michael Sheen playing the typical American dad (a little different his recent Alice in Wonderland and Tron appearances) and Maria Bello as the lost mother. Also in the film is Alan Tudyk, Moon Bloodgood, Austin Nichols and Kyle Gallner, who you may have seen in Red State and seems to love outside of the box, challenging roles.
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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.
Anchor Bay Film will be releasing the film this summer, release date still to be determined!
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