Beau is Afraid Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 9594

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 12

Theatrical Release Date: 04/30/2023

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 07/11/2023

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Mystery

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Ari Aster

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Amy Ryan, Kylie Rogers, Armen Nahapetian, Richard Kind

Plot: From his early childhood to his adult life, Beau has been under the thumb of his domineering mother, Mona. When he learns of his mother's death, he tries everything to get to the funeral on time - even as fantasy, reality and memory blur together. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/23/2023

"Beau is Afraid" runs out of steam about two hours into its three hour runtime. But those first 2/3rds are pure nightmare fuel analyzing it's main character's fears, anxieties, and insecurities, all which stem from a common idea in Ari Aster's work: guilt from a relative's death.

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SIngli6 - wrote on 05/04/2023

This film did NOT click with me the way Hereditary and Midsommar did, only because Beau's chronic passivity is not a mindset I came into the film understanding. An absence of understanding though does not equate to an absence of truth. I sincerely hated this movie when I left the cinema, but the more I thought back on its script and some of the brilliant foreshadowing I developed a deep appreciation for how well it communicates learned helplessness and OCD-fueled anxiety to an outsider. If suffering from crippling anxiety feels like the world is sitting on your chest until you can't even scream, I felt that.

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/28/2023

Ari Aster best described Beau Is Afraid as "a Jewish 'Lord of the Rings', but Beau is just going to his mom's house." From the film's beginning to the end, you ask yourself "How the hell did we get here?". While watching the movie, I wondered if this is a personal project from Ari Aster. I'm like his mother, concerned.

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