An incredible movie that deserved its four Oscars. Russell Crowe steals the day with his powerful performance as the schizophrenic John Nash, who's genius mind is confused between reality and delusions. The supporting cast of Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Conelly pull together a fantastic film. Based on a true story, parents should know that John Nash is a socially awkward man who is very forward with women and uses crude language and sexual references in several scenes. It is a very intense movie that would probably be difficult for kids under fourteen to understand, as John goes through a great deal of the movie **spoilers** thinking that he is working for the government to break codes, when he is in fact simply exercising his brilliant head for numbers on men who don't really exist. The continual intrusions of his imaginary roommate and his niece, and the man he thinks he is working for into his real life where no one else can see them can be hard to understand. There is an intense sequence of gunfire, and John is constantly thinking he is being chased by nonexistent people, which makes him paranoid. He is laughed at and ridiculed in several scenes, and he goes crazy fighting with his imaginary friends in one scene in particular. His baby almost drowns by his hands, and he goes through a terrible sequence of shock therapy.
The true beauty of the movie lies in the marriage between him and his wife, which is slowly but steadily crumbling due to his condition. John is faced with the difficult choice of having to either take medication to stop his hallucinations, but have his mind and senses dulled not only to his work, but also to his wife, or to continue as he was, but have his three "friends" be with him his entire life. His own wife has a nervous breakdown in the bathroom in one scene, unable to cope with her husband anymore, but in the end lets him stay off medication, and together they work for John to ignore, if not overcome, his schizophrenia.
John's ache for recognition in a world where he doesn't know reality is heartbreaking at times, and the insight into his "beautiful mind", along with his decision to stay off medication and ignore the only friends he's ever had is moving to tears. His wife's decision to love him and help him overcome his problems will hold a beauty and inspiration to married couples, and the strength of John Nash's mind in his determination to be able to love his family and get a grip on reality even if it means saying goodbye to the only people who have accepted him is inspiring. "A Beautiful Mind" is a movie you should see at least once in your life.