This Boy’s Life (1993)

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Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (Toby), Robert De Niro (Dwight), Ellen Barkin (Caroline), Chris Cooper (Roy), Jonah Blechman (Arthur), Eliza Dushku (Pearl), Carla Gugino (Norma), Zack Ansley (Skipper)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:58:51
Genres: Based on a True Story, Family, Domestic Abuse, Misery, Teensploitation

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on Tobias Wolff’s autobiographical book, This Boy’s Life follows Toby and his mother Caroline as they move from town to town looking for an anchor. They finally end up in Seattle while getting away from Caroline’s obsessive boyfriend and here she meets the middle-aged Dwight with three kids of his own. Though Dwight is awkward and eager to impress, he offers the promise of a stable life and so Caroline agrees to marry him.

Toby who has been shunted from school to school also is keen to better himself and his friend-circle. But as the months roll by, Dwight’s overwhelming personality begins to take its toll and every day becomes a living hell for Toby.

De Niro vs DiCaprio. Enough said.

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