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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Ron Funches: Giggle Fit’

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Ron Funches: Giggle Fit’

Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell star in “Beautiful Boy.” And Ron Funches discusses Dwayne Johnson and more in a new comedy special.

BEAUTIFUL BOY (2018) on Amazon Prime. Based on paired memoirs by David and Nic Sheff, Felix Van Groeningen’s latest film casts Timothée Chalamet as a young man in the throes of drug addiction. The movie focuses on the effect it has on the boy and his family, most prominently his father, David, played by Steve Carell. “There is a lot of good music — John Lennon, Sigur Ros, Perry Como — and California vistas so gorgeous that you might wonder if the state’s tourist board had a role in the production,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. “But the picturesqueness and the flowing, music-video rhythms of the editing give the film a slick, evasive feel, as if it were too cautious or too cool to confront the worst of what it’s about.”

I’M MOVING TO MARS on Topic. In the coming decades, the Dutch nonprofit venture Mars One intends to start a colony on Mars, and has gathered 100 volunteers to begin getting ready for a one-way journey. While many in both the aerospace industry and academia are skeptical of the organization (it doesn’t manufacture hardware, for one), those who have volunteered themselves are serious about their intentions — as is evidenced in this four-part series of short documentaries profiling some of the potential space colonists. “We’re going to die here anyway,” Yari Golden-Castaño, one of these aspiring travelers, says. “We’re going to Mars to live.”

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