“Beautiful Boy” is the heartbreaking story of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with their beloved son’s drug addiction over many years. The film plays Dec. 7-13 at Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor.
Holly Stover, program director of the addiction outreach program at Boothbay Region Community Resource Council, and Chief Bob Hasch, of the Boothbay Harbor Police Department, will speak at the screening on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. They will introduce the film and stay afterward for a question-and-answer session. Both have been intimately involved in helping young people in the community who have become victims of the opioid epidemic.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for members. Complimentary cider and doughnuts will be served starting at 1:30 p.m.. The film is rated R and is 120 minutes long.
Starring Steve Carell as the father and Timothee Chalamet as the meth-addicted son, “Beautiful Boy” is a touching story of a family in turmoil. “Even if you can’t relate to the drug-addiction plot, most people will be able to relate to a parent’s love of a child and a boy’s love of his family and the desire to make them proud,” said a review in The Arizona Republic.
Maine is one of the New England states hardest hit by the country’s opioid epidemic. Because many Boothbay region families have been touched by this nationwide problem, “Beautiful Boy” may ring true to everyone in the community. As Screen Daily said, “Chalamet is elusively liquid in the role of a child who sabotages his life without ever really being able to express why.”
Stover is the newly elected Maine state representative and as director of the addiction outreach program she also works closely with Hasch, Lincoln Health Family Care Center, Maine Behavioral Health, The Coulombe Center for Health Improvement, the Boothbay Region YMCA, and the Mid Coast Hospital Addiction Resource Center.
Stover and Hasch will briefly discuss ways the community is working together to address this all-too-common problem.
If one is or knows someone who is living with a substance use disorder, one can reach out to the Boothbay Harbor Police Department at 633-5616 or Stover with the addiction outreach program at 350-7477.