PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Pohlad said that real footage of Wilson was included in the film to prove to doubting audiences that Wilson really does act the way he is played by Cusack and Dano.
Sometimes it scares me to think where it's coming from, you know? Like... There's someone else in there, not me. Well... What if I...
Brian Past: What if I lose it and never get it back? What would I do then? Take a listen to this again, I wanna... do something...
Wilson is shown dropping acid for the first time shortly after the release of "Pet Sounds". In real life, Wilson first dropped acid in the early spring of 1965, a year before "Pet Sounds".
First, there's concert footage of the recent Brian Wilson, himself, singing "Love & Mercy", and then at the very end there is audio of a brief recreated studio recording of Good Vibrations, with '60s Brian leading the dialogue.
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