Love and Mercy



Sometimes it scares me to think

where it's coming from,

you know?


there's someone else

inside there, not me.


what if I...

what if I...

what if I lose it

and never get it back?

What would I do then?

Take a listen to this again,

I wanna...

do something with it.

Um... I've got...

I think I've got it.

The music part,

it worked out in my head, but...

I don't know anything else

except that it should...

it should sound like,

you know, a cry, but...

in sort of a good way

or something.

I want these voices at the end

just to...


All right, Chuck, let's have it.

We don't want to take 16...

Here we go.

- I'm losing it.

- I'm losing the whole record.

That'd be great.

Something's gonna happen.

All right, here we go. You're

grass and I'm a power mower.

Uh, the brothers here,

Dennis, Brian, and Carl.


They all live

in the same house and I grew up

a few blocks down.

Al... Al, where did you live?

With a different melody,

It's the same chord progression,

- with a spin-off.

- Mm-hmm.

So, my part in the chorus

against the band

alternates with the intro

backing the new melody.

Gets around. Clever.

Excuse me.



Hi, how are you?

I'm fine, thanks.

Are these your shoes?

What? Yeah, yeah,

they're my shoes.

I didn't wanna, you know,

mess up the car

because I jog.

See, I jog on the beach

and, um...

I get sand in my shoes,

you know?

- Ah.

- So...

Well, that's very considerate.

But I... you know, I also

get sand in my socks,

I got holes in my socks,

so I did make a mess anyways.

So, I'm sorry about that.

What are you gonna do?

You didn't get sand in the car.

It's no problem.

Can I help you today?

I'd like to buy a car.

Cadillac, you know?


- You've come to the right place.

- Yeah.

This is the Fleetwood.

- Wow.

- My personal favorite.

What do you think?

I don't know.

Well, take your time,

there's no pressure.

Blue is a very calm color.

Is this guy a friend of yours?

I feel like he's watching us.

No, he's not my friend.

He's my bodyguard.

Come on.

Something like that.

It's a funny word,

isn't it, bodyguard?

- Uh...

- Bodyguard.

- Are we on "Candid Camera"?

- No.

No, no, no. I do need a car.

Can we just sit in here

for a minute?


Well, the master lock

feature works.

We know that much.


My brother died.

Oh. Oh, I'm...

I'm so sorry.

He drowned.

A few years ago.


But I'm all... broken up

about it still, you know?

I mean, he wasn't even 40 yet.

That is... that's terrible.

- So sad.

- Yeah.

But I just don't get it.

I think about it every day,

and I just don't get it.

I guess it's better just not

to think about it, right?


force it out of your mind.


Yeah, I can understand that.

I'm not married anymore.


Do you have a pen I could use?

I guess I need

a little piece of paper, too.

Uh, sure. Just, um...

Thank you.

Brian, come on out of the car.

- I'm Brian.

- Melinda.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Come on, Brian.

- I want this car.

The Fleetwood?

No, no, yeah, but I want this car.



I want this car.

This one we're sitting in.

- Oh, the floor model?

- Yes, it's your favorite, right?

- You want...

- It's special. You understand?

- Can I have it?

- Sure.

- Okay.

- Yes.

- Hey.

- Hey.

- What's happening, guys?

- Hi, Gene.

- Hi, I'm Dr. Eugene Landy.

- Hi.

How are you?

I'm Brian's brother

from another mother.

- What's up?

- I want the blue Fleetwood, Gene.

- Really?

- Yeah.

You sure you don't want

a Maserati?

- No offense.

- None taken.

- No, that one.

- Really?

- It's her favorite.

- - Okay.

Well, I'm going to expect

a deal here. You know?

Something worth our while.

Do you know who this man is?

Brian Wilson.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.


- You didn't mention that.

- Well, 'cause that stuff doesn't matter.

That's ego stuff. You know?

Are you kidding me?

I love your music.

I grew up on it.

So, thank you.

That makes me feel really

good, Melinda Ledbetter.


- Melinda Ledbetter.

- Right? It's a nice name.

Uh, why don't you get

started on the paperwork?

- Okay?

- Will do.

Great. And thank you

again for your help.

Let's go, Brian.

Come on, guy.

I think it's a good choice.

- You feel good about it?

- Yeah.

- You sure?

- Yeah.


What the hell was that about?

I'm not really sure.

You okay?



Ladies and gentlemen, we're

about to start our descent.

Please return your seats

to an upright position

and fasten your seat belts.

You okay?

I think I'm having

a heart attack.

Brian! Brian!

- Brian! Brian! Brian!

- Get him something!

- Bring us a pillow!

- Breathe!

- Give me the pillow!

- Where's the pillow?!

Give me the pillow!

- Brian! Brian!

- Breathe!

Are you choking?

Are you choking?

- I don't wanna die! I don't wanna die!

- Hey!

- Hey, hey, hey, hey.

- I don't wanna die!

Brian, look at me.

Look at me! Look at me!

Look at me!

Look at me. Look at me.

It's okay.


You good?

It was weird.

It was like I was in

a movie or something.

There was music, like always,

but then it got dark and scary.

I couldn't breathe.

Like someone was holding

his hand over my mouth.

Hey, Brian.

You doing okay, baby?

Yeah, I'm good, Mare.

Okay, just checking.

Yeah, then I started

hearing things.

Strange things.

- People talking.

- What, like voices?

Like, uh...

like voices in your head?


Well, kind of. Yeah.

Maybe I'm cuckoo

for Cocoa Puffs!

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!

It was kinda scary.

I think it's just Dad. You know?

Messing with your head.

We're too big for him to

take the belt to us anymore,

so he's gotta use his black

magic sh*t or something.

- Ah, come on.

- It's not Dad.

- Yeah...

- Something's off.

It's being on the road.

You know, being up there.

It's freaky.

I get nervous onstage, too, Bri.

- I mean, we all probably do.

- No, but this is different.

Anyway, you don't need me

standing up there

looking like a jerk.

I'll be better

back here at home.

Making music.

I just wanna be home.

I got all kinds of new ideas,

new sounds,

new harmonies,

new instruments.

You hear the new Beatles?

- Yeah.

- The "Rubber Soul"? Yeah.

I heard it was about

John Lennon having an affair.

It's amazing!

I mean, it works like a whole.

It's like a whole album.

Everything fits together,

no fat.

Like an album of folk songs, but

the sounds are really far out.

- Lots of overdubbing.

- They stole our backing vocal.

And then they change it to,

I thought it said, "Tit,

tit, tit, tits, titties."

- No?

- Denny.

We can't let them

get ahead of us!


I can take us further.

If you let me

stay at home in the studio.

It's what I need to do.

And I promise,

when you come back,

I will have stuff for you

that will blow your minds.

- Bri! - Fine, but you just

keep your head on straight.

- Okay, Bri?

- I will!

- Hey, Brian!

- I will.

Straight as a die.

Hey, straight as a what?

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