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“Beautiful Boy” is a poignant biographical drama based on the true story of journalist David Sheff and his son Nic Sheff, who battled drug addiction. The film delves into the complex and heartbreaking journey of a family grappling with addiction, recovery, and the enduring love between a father and his son. It explores the devastating impact of drug abuse on both the individual and their loved ones, highlighting the challenges, setbacks, and moments of hope experienced along the way.


“Beautiful Boy” received positive reviews from critics, who praised the film for its honest and emotionally raw portrayal of addiction and its impact on family dynamics. The performances by as David Sheff and as Nic Sheff were highly acclaimed, with both actors delivering powerful and nuanced portrayals. The film was lauded for its sensitive approach in depicting the complexities of addiction, capturing the turmoil and desperation faced by individuals and their families.

Director 's compassionate and empathetic storytelling, along with the film's exploration of themes such as unconditional love, resilience, and the struggles of recovery, resonated with audiences. The film's emotional depth and powerful performances added to its critical acclaim.


“Beautiful Boy” chronicles the experiences of David Sheff and his son Nic as they navigate the harrowing journey of Nic's drug addiction. The story is told through flashbacks and present-day moments, illustrating the highs and lows of their tumultuous relationship.

David, a devoted father and successful journalist, struggles to comprehend and cope with Nic's escalating addiction. He tirelessly researches addiction, attends support groups, and does everything he can to help his son recover. Meanwhile, Nic battles with his own demons, repeatedly succumbing to the allure of drugs despite his desire to overcome his addiction.

The film depicts the cyclical nature of addiction, the strain it places on their family, and the rollercoaster of hope and heartbreak they endure. Ultimately, “Beautiful Boy” explores the power of love and the unyielding determination to find redemption and healing.


won Hollywood Supporting Actor Award at Hollywood Film Awards and Best Male Supporting Actor Award at San Diego Film Critics Society. won Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award at Hollywood Film Awards, Founder's Award at Chicago International Film Festival and Independent by Nature Award at Aspen Film Festival.


“Beautiful Boy” gained moderate popularity, primarily among audiences who appreciate poignant and character-driven dramas. The film's exploration of addiction, its impact on individuals and families, and the exceptional performances by and attracted viewers seeking emotionally resonant storytelling. While it may not have achieved widespread commercial success, it continues to be celebrated for its authenticity and portrayal of the complexities of addiction and recovery.

Directed by
Screenplay by
Based on
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    by David Sheff
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methaphetamines
    by Nic Sheff
Produced by
  • Dede Gardner
  • Jeremy Kleiner
  • Brad Pitt
Cinematography Ruben Impens
Edited by Nico Leunen
Distributed by Amazon Studios
Release dates
  • September 7, 2018 (TIFF)
  • October 12, 2018 (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $19.3–25 million
Box office $16.6 million


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