Beginners (2011)


In Beginners, a young man learns two shocking facts about his father: he’s dieing, and he has a gay lover. Man, that takes me back. I was five, and my dad introduced me to Larry. I got sooooo many presents that year. Mom seemed sad.

Just kidding. Mom wasn’t sad.

Anyways, Beginners takes place over the course of a few months before the death of Hal, who is main character Oliver’s father, and a period of time afterward, as Oliver considers back over his life. It seems that he relives many of the moments of his life, in flashback, reconsidering them in the context that his father was always gay but pretending to be straight and happy.

Oliver is a serial monogamist, and seems to have little to do with women on an emotional level, which may be because of the strangeness of his parent’s relationship.

The Scoop

The story is said to be a fictionalized account of a part of director Mike Mills’ life. Mills wrote and directed the film. Most of you will know Mills from his last major work, Thumbsucker. I wonder if his dad is happy or rolling in his grave because his son has outed him postmortem.


Who’s It For?

No rating yet.


Movie Release Date

June 3, 2011.

Who’s In It?

Ewan McGregor … Oliver
  Christopher Plummer … Hal
  Mélanie Laurent … Anna
  Goran Visnjic … Andy
  Bill Oberst Jr. … Movie night guest -Hal’s friend
  Mary Page Keller … Georgia
  Jodi Long … Dr. Flaster
  China Shavers … Shauna
  Kai Lennox … Elliot

Related Movies

Thumbsucker, I Love You Phillip Morris, Elizabethtown

What’s Good About It?

Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer rock. Even with the crap Star Wars prequels.

What’s Bad About It?

I worry it may not be gay enough.

Our Clever Prediction

I don’t see Beginners as a big box office type of film, but it looks good enough that it should make some decent money, and get some good critical praise.

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