Love & Mercy

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As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.

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In the late 1960s, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson stops touring, produces "Pet Sounds" and begins to lose his grip on reality. By the 1980s, Wilson (John Cusack), under the sway of a controlling therapist, finds a savior in Melinda Ledbetter.

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John Cusack
Older Brian Wilson
Paul Dano
Young Brian Wilson
Elizabeth Banks
Melinda Ledbetter
Paul Giamatti
Dr. Eugene Landy
Jake Abel
Mike Love
Bill Camp
Murry Wilson
Joanna Going
Audree Wilson
Kenny Wormald
Dennis Wilson
Erin Darke
Marilyn Wilson
Oren Moverman
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Ann Ruark
Executive Producer
Jim Lefkowitz
Executive Producer
Oren Moverman
Executive Producer
Robert Yeoman
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Critic Reviews for Love & Mercy

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Audience Reviews for Love & Mercy

  • May 05, 2016
    A look at the year or two that proved to be the most creative for Mr. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, the reckless self-medication that accompanied those times (as well as ever-so-slight nods as to why he did), and what was left of the man when he emerged from the other side. It's okay but it's very clean, and certainly not the tale of a survivor that it hints that it might be.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    As the child of 2 parents who love The Beach Boys this movie appealed to me. The story isn't really of the rise and fall of Brian Wilson, it is mainly about the fall of Wilson and it made for a great story
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2016
    A top knotch musical bio that will make you admire Brian Wilson even though his life story is not easy to comprehend. Dano and Cusack are fantastic in duo roles and Elizabeth Banks has never been better as WIlson's girlfriend and eventual wife. Polhad directs masterfully and gives you real insight into Wilson's musical genius as he creates the album Pet Sounds. GIamatti also shines as the villain. A sure don't miss film for Beach Boy fans and music lovers alike. 02-01-2016
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Love & Mercy is the story of Beach Boys singer/song writer Brian Wilson and his struggles with mental illness. Starring John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, and Paul Dano, the cast is quite impressive and gives strong performances. The film follows in parallel two storylines, one of Wilson in middle-age as he starts dating a Cadillac saleswoman named Melinda who tries to help him break free of the manipulation and control of his therapist (who'd taken advantage of Wilson's mental health issues); while the other plot follows Wilson during the late '60s when his disorder led the Beach Boys to start touring without him and eventual to rewrite his music. However, the script isn't really able to juggle these two stories and comes off more as Cliff Notes. Yet despite its fragmented feel, Love & Mercy is a compelling drama that's both tragic and inspirational.
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