Marquee Cinemas to host free screening of ‘Beautiful Boy’

February 10, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Amazon Studios will sponsor a free local screening of the 2018 film “Beautiful Boy” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Marquee Cinemas at Pullman Square in Huntington.

The screening is part of Amazon Studios’ National Day of Action on Addiction, with screenings being held concurrently in 20 cities across the country. Amazon has partnered with communities with cities particularly affected by widespread opioid addiction with the hope of highlighting the need for uncompromising community support for those suffering from addiction.

Among other cities showing the film are Dayton, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland.

The screening will be followed by a live-streamed question-and-answer session by David and Nic Sheff, who published the memoirs on which the film is based.

Starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, the film follows a storyline now all too familiar in American life - the impact of drug addiction on the family structure. Carell and Chalamet form a father-son tandem strained by the younger’s drug use, and navigates the heartbreaking and inspirational experiences of relapse, recovery and survival in coping with years of addiction.

Chalamet’s critically acclaimed performance in the film earned him best supporting actor nominations by the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, Critics’ Choice, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

More than 21 million Americans are living with addiction, according to the Surgeon General’s Office. More than 70,000 died of drug overdoses in 2017.

The Huntington area has been hit particularly hard. In 2018, Cabell County suffered more than 1,000 reported overdoses. In 2017, it’s estimated that more than 230 Cabell County resident suffered fatal overdoses.

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