Why to Watch - Love & Mercy

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Love & Mercy Biography, Drama, Music | June 19, 2015 (United States) 7.4
Director: Bill PohladWriter: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, Brian WilsonStars: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth BanksSummary: Brian Wilson is the creative soul of The Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. —Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)


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