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Beyond the Sea

By Alyssa Ellsworth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Interesting tale isn't likely to appeal to kids.

Movie PG-13 2004 118 minutes
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Spacey also directed this film, and his bravery in choosing the subject is as evident as the bravery Darin exhibits in overcoming painful illness to succeed on stage. The challenge is that Darin is not all that likeable. His ambition and disconnect with others results in the sense that we are watching a tightly self-controlled character actor (Spacey) play a tightly self-controlled performer whose story is interesting and at times like a soap-opera but ultimately devoid of real feeling.

Spacey, older than Darin at his early death, was criticized for playing the part himself. That critique is unfair as Spacey gives a fantastic, nuanced portrayal of a performer who was a complicated man, who lived by his façade. This movie detracts nothing from the toe-tapping appeal of Darin's music, while adding nothing to the appeal of the man himself. There's not much here for kids -- they aren't likely to care. Some may want to watch to see Kate Bosworth, but otherwise you might want to save this for a night when the kids are out.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 17, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: June 7, 2005
  • Cast: John Goodman , Kate Bosworth , Kevin Spacey
  • Director: Kevin Spacey
  • Inclusion Information: Gay directors, Female actors, Gay actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 118 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some strong language and a scene of sensuality.
  • Last updated: March 30, 2022

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