Love and Mercy: Written by Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, and Brian Wilson, directed by Bill Pohlad, 2015, River Road Entertainment and Battle Mountain Films (Los Angeles, 121 minutes, rated PG-13)

K. A. Bramstedt

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Abstract

This is a review of the biographic drama Love and Mercy. More than a story of the evolution of The Beach Boys, it is the story of the lead Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, and his struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, family stress, emerging love, and a controlling psychologist. Interwoven are many bioethics themes, including the doctor–patient relationship, conflict of interest, autonomy, and patient welfare. For those unaware of the sadness and torment running directly alongside the sunny, bubbly life of The Beach Boys, this film is an eye-opener. It is also a great reminder of the importance of boundaries between clinicians and their patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-724
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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Love and Mercy : Written by Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, and Brian Wilson, directed by Bill Pohlad, 2015, River Road Entertainment and Battle Mountain Films (Los Angeles, 121 minutes, rated PG-13). / Bramstedt, K. A.

In: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Vol. 12, No. 4, 01.12.2015, p. 723-724.

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