This boy's life: a true story

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Warner Home Video,
Pub. Date:
c2010.
Language:
English
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A single mother and her difficult son find family life isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be in this drama adapted from writer and professor Tobias Wolff's 1989 memoir of the same name. Nomadic, flaky Caroline (Ellen Barkin) just wants to settle down in one place, find a decent guy, and provide a better home for her handful of a son, Toby (Leonardo DiCaprio). When she moves to Seattle and meets the respectful, respectable Dwight Hansen (Robert DeNiro), she thinks she's got it made. Toby, however, feels differently after spending a few months with Dwight and his children and away from Caroline. The boy's stepfather-to-be seems to want to mold Toby into a better person, but to do so he emotionally, verbally, and physically abuses the kid. The marriage proceeds, and soon Caroline, too, recognizes Dwight's need to dominate everyone around him. She sticks with it, though, convinced it's the best thing for her son, and several years of dysfunction ensue. During this time, Tobias befriends another misfit, the possibly homosexual young Jonah (Arthur Gayle), while continuing to chafe under the yoke of his repressive stepfather. This Boy's Life provided the first lead role for future superstar DiCaprio. The film was written by Robert Getchell, who also penned such mother/son fare as Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and The Client. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
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auth_author2Barkin, Ellen, 1954-
Blechman, Jonah.
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Gugino, Carla, 1971-
Kinney, Kathy, 1954-
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subject_facetBiographical -- Feature
Biographical films
Child abuse -- Drama
Family -- Feature
Feature films
Juvenile delinquency -- Feature
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Mothers and sons -- Drama
Psychological child abuse -- Drama
Social problem -- Feature
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayThis boy's life : a true story
title_fullThis boy's life [videorecording] : a true story / Warner Bros. ; produced by Art Linson ; screenplay written by Robert Getchell ; directed by Michael Caton-Jones
title_shortThis boy's life
title_suba true story
topic_facetChild abuse
Man-woman relationships
Mothers and sons
Psychological child abuse
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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