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love and mercy
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Love and Mercy

Starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti
Screenplay by Oren Moverman
Based on the life of Brian Wilson
Directed by Bill Pohlad

IN SHORT: nnn. [Rated . minutes]

Behind the fun fun fun of The Beach Boys was the fascinating and genius singer/songwriter Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the iconic Wilson -- portrayed by two actors, Paul Dano in the '60s and John Cusack in the '80s -- and examines his musical brilliance, personal voyage and ultimate salvation.

Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) was a musical genius. He led his brothers in one of the greatest bands of the 1960s -- The Beach Boys -- survived the crushing domination of a father bent on running the show and sucked it up to take on Beatlemania. What Wilson came up with, an album called Pet Sounds, was almost the greatest piece of vinyl to be pressed in that decade . . . until The Beatles responded with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.. The British Invasion crushed all things American and Brian Wilson climbed into his bed and didn't come out for twenty or so long years. Wilson had, as we wrote, gotten away from his father only to get crushed by a psychoanalyst named [eugene landy ()], who would run his life for, like, ever. The Beach Boys would continue, with Dennis Wilson and Mike Love stepping to the front of the stage.. Love and Mercy covers the years from then until now [fifty years on]

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Love and Mercy, he would have paid . . .



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