2019, Alma Har’el, USA, 94 min.
With Shia LeBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
- Fri, Feb 7th 2:00pm
- Fri, Feb 7th 8:00pm
- Sat, Feb 8th 5:30pm
- Sun, Feb 9th 3:00pm
- Mon, Feb 10th 6:00pm
- Tue, Feb 11th 7:45pm
- Wed, Feb 12th 6:00pm
- Thu, Feb 13th 8:15pm
“Something haunting…[a] hall of mirrors strewn with mischief and nonsense, and even, yes, love.”—Ray Pride, Newcity
“A live-wire performance that jumps off the screen…searingly personal.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Disney Channel child star turned scandal-plagued adult star Shia LeBeouf (TRANSFORMERS, AMERICAN HONEY) tells all in a barely-fictional biopic (names changed) that deconstructs the punishing trajectory of the relationship between his father James (LeBeouf), washed-up rodeo clown, convicted sex offender and broken bottom-feeder, and son Otis (Jupe at 12; Hedges at 22). In a startlingly vulnerable and heartbreaking performance, LeBeouf, who wrote the script while in rehab, plumbs the depths of conflicting emotions as James, who ricochets between dubious fatherly encouragement (“I’m your cheerleader, Honey Boy”) and sniveling resentment of the talented child who is, in effect, his paycheck. Director Har’el effectively juggles the demanding interface of three connecting narratives: the abused boy Otis; the rebellious rising star adult; and the troubled man in rehab, who resists therapy with the rage of a caged animal. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
The Friday, 2/7 at 2 pm and Monday, 2/10 at 6 pm screenings are open-captioned.