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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LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. (C) Roadside Attractions


Paul Dano
as Brian Wilson
Brett Davern
as Carl Wilson
Graham Rogers
as Al Jardine
John Cusack
as Brian Wilson
Paul Giamatti
as Eugene Landy
Jake Abel
as Mike Love
Kenny Wormald
as Dennis Wilson
Erin Darke
as Marilyn Wilson
Bill Camp
as Murry Wilson
Joanna Going
as Audree Wilson
Nick Gehlfuss
as Bruce Johnson
Mark Linett
as Chuck Britz
Johnny Sneed
as Hal Blaine
Gary Griffin
as Al De Lory
Teresa Cowles
as Carol Kaye
Vince Meghrouni
as Woodwind/Brass Player
Jeff Meacham
as Tony Asher
Max Schneider
as Van Dyke Parks
Diana-Maria Riva
as Maria Riva-Gloria
Fred Cross
as Cadillac Colleague
Tyson Ritter
as Hipster #1
Jeff Galfer
as Hipster #2
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  • 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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