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'Love & Mercy': EW preview

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Francois Duhamel

STARRING Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti 

DIRECTED BY Bill Pohlad

RATED PG-13

RELEASE DATE June 5

Paul Dano and John Cusack don’t look alike. So why did director Bill Pohlad cast the former as the twentysomething Brian Wilson and the latter as the middle-aged version in this film about the troubled Beach Boy? “If you look at photos from the ‘60s versus the ‘80s, Brian looks dramatically different,” Pohlad says. While the ‘60s sequences focus on the musician losing his grip on reality, the later ones are centered on Wilson’s girlfriend Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) and her efforts to rescue him from the dubious care of psychotherapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). We’re beginning to understand why the movie’s not called Good Vibrations.