This movie was a real downer. It didn’t help that (as I discovered watching) I don’t know the Beach Boys’ music well enough to fill in what’s happening based on the musical snippets. So I was left dealing with disjointed moments of abusive people damaging the main character.
I also found it odd that I couldn’t place the genre of this film. For large stretches, it like felt equal parts disease-of-the-week and rock-doc-bio-pic. By the end though, it was veering toward a believe-in-yourself-and-you-can-do-it, all-you-need-is-love inspirational tale à la Rocky et al.
Maybe I was just tired.