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Beyond the SeaHe sings! He dances! He produces, writes, and directs! Oscar winner Kevin Spacey nursed this baby for more than five years and created...a problem child. ...Beyond the SeaBiography, MusicalPT118MPG-13He sings! He dances! He produces, writes, and directs! Oscar winner Kevin Spacey nursed this baby for more than five years and created...a problem child. ...2005-06-07John GoodmanBob HoskinsJohn Goodman, Bob HoskinsLions Gate Films
Kevin Spacey, Beyond the Sea

(Beyond the Sea: Jay Maidment)

Beyond the Sea

Genre: Biography, Musical; Starring: Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins; Director: Kevin Spacey; Author: Paul Attanasio; Producer (person): Kevin Spacey; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

He sings! He dances! He produces, writes, and directs! Oscar winner Kevin Spacey nursed this baby for more than five years and created…a problem child. Beyond the Sea is a choppy film, in which the fantasy-reality combo sometimes works — like in an impromptu musical sequence about Bobby Darin’s courtship of Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth) — but at other times falls flat (like when he confronts his child-actor alter ego).

EXTRAS A basic making-of doc (prosthetic nose alert!) and a dry commentary track with Spacey and producer Andy Paterson explaining why they strayed from the standard biography style. In an effort to justify the fictional plot of Darin directing his own biopic, Spacey says he likes film-within-a-film biographies like 8 1/2 and All That Jazz. His pet project is a celebration of Darin, not a brutally honest portrait. Sure, we’re all for artistic interpretation, but would some live concert footage of the real crooner be too much to ask for?

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