R | | Biography, Drama
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Co-screenwriter Luke Davies is himself a recovering addict. During the 80s, Davies developed a dependency on heroin, which led him on a path of self-destruction. He managed to overcome his addiction in 1990, and later turned his experiences into the novel "Candy", published in mid-1998. The novel was later turned into a film in 2006, with Davies co-penning the screenplay.
I thought we were close. I thought we were closer than most fathers and sons! Why?
Nic Sheff: I felt better than I ever had, so... I just kept on doing it.
David Sheff: This isn't us! This is not who we are!
In the opening scene, the father describes Nic's hair as "shoulder-length." In fact, it doesn't even cover his ears.
During the end credits, Nic is heard reciting the poem "Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski.
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