Marriage Overcomes Madness
Release Date: June 03, 2011
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films/Starz Media/Liberty Media
Director: Shawn Ku
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Sheen and Bello are an average suburban couple with a son living away from home on a campus as college sophomore. While the movie admirably doesn’t exploit the son’s rampage against his fellow students onscreen, this approach leaves the movie flatter than it should be. Along the way, the movie shows the couple move out of their home and into the wife’s sister’s crowded house as the extra family is also now confronting the suffering. Viewers also see the husband lose his job due to the emotional strain of his son’s actions and then beg his way back into his job, only to find his coworkers staring and talking about him.
Bello as the mom alternates between trying to be emotionally “perfect” and being obsessive compulsive about many aspects of her and their lives. The couple is shown in church in one passing scene, listening respectfully to a pastor as he is about to discuss a Scripture related to their need for forgiveness. [SPOILER ALERT] The husband is accused of being emotionally distant, but, by the end, the couple realizes that as much as they fight (including a raw shouting match in which the father screams “I wish we’d never f-ing had him” about their dead son), they ultimately want to do the right thing. The wife decides to stay with her husband, and they move back together into their house, despite the painful memories of their son.
BEAUTIFUL BOY offers an ultimately positive portrayal of a marriage enduring one of its worst possible crises: the fact that their son committed a mass murder before committing suicide with his gun. It’s hard to imagine, however, the average moviegoer not being bored with the movie’s incredibly slow, methodical approach, where many scenes blend from being intriguing to almost pointlessly slow. If anything, it’s the kind of movie viewers might appreciate on Netflix much more than paying full price at the movie theater. That said, BEAUTIFUL BOY has a solid Christian worldview overall, but it’s marred by too much strong foul language and a married sex scene with brief nudity.
BEAUTIFUL BOY contains powerhouse performances, but it’s extremely slow and often emotionally exhausting to endure. That’s too bad because the mother and father are churchgoers who eventually do reconcile. However, the movie’s Christian elements are marred by too much foul language and a fairly graphic bedroom scene when the couple reconciles.