'Beautiful Boy' Is The Drug Epidemic Movie America Needs To Watch

'Beautiful Boy' Is A Hurricane Of Emotions You DON'T Want To Miss

It will make you laugh, it will make you smile, it will make you think and it will make you cry.

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"There are moments that I look at him, this kid that I raised, who I thought I knew inside and out, and I wonder who he is. He's been doing all sorts of drugs, but he's addicted to Crystal Meth," the father pleads out.

The scene switches and shows the stressed out father staying up all night waiting for his son to come home, but unfortunately he doesn't. A wall filled with portraits of the father and his son appears on the camera and the words "BEAUTIFUL BOY" appear on the screen.

"Beautiful Boy" is a drama based on the true story of father and son, David and Nic Sheff.

David and Nic Sheff are portrayed by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. The film grasps the heartbreaking reality of what it is like when one suffers from addiction. It shows the high points and it shows the very low points.

The film goes back and forth between David Sheff's memory of his son, Nic, when he was younger. When Nic was younger they had an unbreakable bond. They bonded over music and Nic told his father just about everything.

However, in his senior year of high school, that bond seemed to stray away when Nic hid the fact that he was doing drugs from his father.

In the film, Nic is put into rehab quite a few times, but unfortunately, he relapses. David learns that relapse is part of recovery. There comes a point in the film where Nic goes to live with his mother, after completing his rehabilitation program.

Nic is 14 months sober and goes to visit his dad, his step mom, and his siblings. When it was his time to go, he felt very sad to leave his family. On his way back to his mother's house, he got consumed by his sadness and he relapsed.

Just as the film is a rollercoaster ride, so is the battle with drug addiction. Some days are harder than others and "Beautiful Boy" demonstrated that all throughout the film.

The beauty of this film isn't only found in the riveting performances of the actors, but it is also found in the raw portrayal of drug addiction. This film shows that addiction is NOT a choice. This film shows that addiction is not a character flaw, but a disease. This film shows that the stigma around drug addiction needs to be eliminated.

This film is extremely important in this day and age. Deaths caused by drug overdoses are unfortunately sky-rocketing in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 700,000 people have died due to a drug overdose in the course of 18 years.

Addiction is a serious illness and when films like "Beautiful Boy" come out, they allow you to see the pain it causes — not only does the one suffering from addiction feel pain but so does their entire family.

"Beautiful Boy" is a hurricane of heavy emotions. It will make you laugh, it will make you smile, it will make you think and it will make you cry. It is a film that sheds light on an epidemic that many need to open their hearts and minds to.

Thank you to Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet for delivering such exceptional performances. Thank you to David and Nic Sheff for sharing your emotional and beautiful story with the whole world.

If you know anyone suffering from addiction, know that help is out there.

You can call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), where they will guide you and give you the help needed.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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The Ultimate 'Avengers: Endgame' Drinking Game That Will Have You Saying ‘ANOTHER!’

A little liquid courage may come in handy when you're saving the universe.

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After 10 years, 18 movies, and 20 Stan Lee cameos, the Marvel franchise is giving fans answers to all their questions (or at least we hope) in "Avengers: Endgame." After "Infinity War" left fans speechless, in tears, and shocked to see Thanos' "snap" take away characters they'd grown to love, only a few noble heroes remain. All may seem lost, but if we've learned anything about the Avengers, we know that nothing is truly over until Stan Lee says so. That being said, liquid courage is practically a requirement to get through "Avengers: Endgame" in one piece.

What you'll need:

A Hulk-sized drink of your choice, refills, and the film itself.

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Take a sip, take a shot, or just start chugging as the film dictates. Feel free to add in your own universe-saving rules to help your liver make it to the final credits. Please drink responsibly.

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