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Real surfers don’t listen to The Beach Boys. That’s one of the first things I learned while hanging out at the ocean toting a surfboard, and it’s also one of the lines from “Love and Mercy,” a biopic about The Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson. Along with his brothers, Dennis and Carl, and their cousin Mike Love, Brian’s meteoric rise to stardom came at about the same time he started arguing with Mike about musical direction.

In a crucial scene in the film, a young Brian (played brilliantly by Paul Dano) says he wants to ease up on their signature themes of surfing and girls while Mike (Jake Abel) thinks they should stay focused on what makes them appealing to their fans.

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