Love & Mercy

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: June 5, 2015
DVD: September 15, 2015

Current rating: Rating: 4.20
based on 34 votes and 13 reviews
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Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Graham Rogers, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Bill Camp

Inspiration: Brian Wilson


As the leader and co-founder of one of the most influential groups in American music history, the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) struggles with mental illness from an early age. Beaten by an abusive father and enduring criticism from his cousin and fellow band member, Mike Love, he nonetheless manages to create hit songs throughout the '60s and '70s.

The films cuts back and forth from the past to the future, in which Brian Wilson (John Cusack) meets an attractive Cadillac salesperson, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), but their relationship meets with serious problems as it gets more serious, due to the controlling manner of Brian's caretaker/manager/psychologist, Dr. Gene Landy (Paul Giamatti). It becomes clear to Melinda that Landy is overmedicating Brian while emotionally abusing him.

Brian is clearly afraid of Landy, so she decides to figure out a way to get Brian free of this manipulative and exploitive doctor, so he can finally get the medical help he needs.

Director: Bill Pohlad
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): John Wells, Bill Pohlad, Claire Rudnick Polstein
Screenplay: Oren Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner
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  • 4 stars "Really entertaining movie. John Cusack and Paul Dano do a good job of portraying Brian Wilson at various stages of his life. Could have used a little more of Graham Rogers as Al Jardine, though. He was totally underused in this."
  • 5 stars "I enjoyed this movie very much. I was never a big Beach Boys fan but I was fascinated to learn about the life of Brian Wilson, a brilliant singer, song writer and music writer. After the movie, I went online to learn more about his life and to see him live on videos. I was just so intrigued to know more about this amazing genius."
  • 5 stars "Love this movie, fantabulous acting! Of course amazing Muzak! Must see if you like The Beach Boys! Brian Wilson's a Genius on the border line of CooCoo!!! Nice 60's Styling!"