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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

‘Beautiful Boy’ offers anti-drug message but little entertainment

Jack Petro
Jack Petro

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. Known on the street as meth or crystal meth, it is so addictive that a single injection can start the trip of being “hooked” for life … or death.

David Sheff’s college age son Nic is missing. David (Steve Carell) finds Nic (Timothee Chalamet) wandering the streets. Nic tells his dad that he is OK and that he has discovered a drug that makes him feel good, all the time. David tries to help Nic break the habit to no avail.

“Beautiful Boy” follows Nic on his spiral downward towards his own destruction. The script pulls no punches. Carell is part of the “Saturday Night Live” crowd and is out of his element here in a documentary story with a sad ending.

For an anti-drug message, “Beautiful Boy” is great. For entertainment, I cannot recommend this film and it barely gets a D rating on subject matter alone. It is currently showing at the Rialto Theater in The Villages.

Jack Petro reviews movies for Villages-News.com   

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