Joe Bell (2021) Review & Trailer

Joe Bell (2021)
Joe Bell (2021)
Joe Bell (2021)

Joe Bell is a biographical road movie directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green in 2020, based on a script by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, and Connie Britton appear in the picture, which is based on the actual tale of a father and his homosexual son who set out on a cross-country walk to bond.

Joe Bell made its international debut on September 14, 2020, at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was distributed in the United States by Roadside Attractions on July 23, 2021. Critics were split on whether the film was feel-good and inspiring or reductive and artificial, giving it mixed reviews.

Joe Bell (2021) Synopsis

JOE BELL tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America, from filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green (MONSTERS AND MEN; upcoming KING RICHARD), along with the Academy Award-winning writing team behind BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry) and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg.

Joe Bell (2021)

Movie Info

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
Written by ·         Diana Ossana

·         Larry McMurtry

Produced by ·         Cary Joji Fukunaga

·         Mark Wahlberg

·         Riva Marker

·         Daniela Taplin Lundberg

·         Eva Maria Daniels

·         Ryan Ahrens

·         Stephen Levinson

Cinematography Jacques Jouffret
Edited by Mark Sanger
Music by Antonio Pinto
·         Endeavor Content

·         Argent Pictures

·         Rhea Films

·         Stay Gold Features

·         Nine Stories Productions

·         Vision Chaos

·         Parliament of Owls

·         Closest to the Hole

·         Leverage Entertainment

Distributed by Roadside Attractions
Release date ·         September 14, 2020 (TIFF)

·         July 23, 2021 (United States)

Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.4 million

Joe Bell (2021)


  • Mark Wahlberg as Joe Bell
  • Reid Miller as Jadin Bell
  • John Murray as Lost Boy
  • Connie Britton as Lola Bell
  • Maxwell Jenkins  as Joseph Bell
  • Gary Sinise  as Sheriff Westin
  • Blaine Maye as Boyd Banks
  • Ash Santos as Kim
  • Igby Rigney as Chance
  • Morgan Lily as Marcie
  • Scout Smith as Colleen
  • Cassie Beck as Mrs. Swift
  • Charles Halford  as Will
  • Tara Buck as Mary Ivy


Cary Joji Fukunaga was confirmed as the director of the picture in April 2015, based on a script by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Under their VisionChaos Productions and Parliament of Owls banners, Fukunaga would produce the film, while Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, and Eva Maria Daniels would produce it under their respective VisionChaos Productions and Parliament of Owls banners. The film would be produced and distributed by A24.

Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Maxwell Jenkins, and Gary Sinise were added to the cast of the film in April 2019.

With Wahlberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Stephen Levinson serving as producers, and A24 no longer distributing and producing, Reinaldo Marcus Green would helm the film, replacing Fukunaga, who was still connected as a producer. On April 15, 2019, principal photography began and finished on May 24, 2019.

Joe Bell (2021)


On September 14, 2020, the film, titled Good Joe Bell, had its global debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Solstice Studios bought the film’s distribution rights for $20 million shortly after. It was supposed to come out on February 19, 2021. It was, however, removed from the schedule. In May 2021, it was reported that Roadside Attractions had purchased the film’s distribution rights from Solstice and had scheduled a July 23, 2021 release date, with Vertical Entertainment to distribute the picture digitally after its theatrical premiere.

Box office

In its first weekend, the picture grossed $674,000 from 1,094 theaters, placing it 11th at the box office.

Joe Bell (2021)
Joe Bell (2021)


The film has a 38 percent approval rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, based on 106 reviews with an average rating of 5.4/10. “Good Joe Bell’s sincere message – and Reid Miller’s stunning breakout performance – are sadly undercut by formulaic storytelling,” the website’s critics agree. It has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100 on Metacritic, which indicates “mixed or mediocre reviews” based on 25 reviewers. The film received a 79 percent good rating from PostTrak’s audience, with 57 percent indicating they would definitely recommend it.

“The picture has its heart in the right place, but its head is hazy and maybe concussed,” A. A. Dowd of The A.V. Club said, “it appears unclear how to transform its ripped-from-the-headlines tale into compelling drama.” “An open-hearted, unashamedly emotional narrative of a dad attempting to come to grips with what happened to his kid and with his own involvement in it,” TheWrap’s Steve Pond stated, adding that “[t]here are surprises along the way, handled softly or thrown as a gut punch.”

Variety’s Peter Debruge was harsher, labeling the film a flop “[A] movie like this would be a terrific start if this were 1980,” he says, referring to a didactic anti-bullying melodrama that feels more comparable to old-school TV movies. It feels like a tremendous step backward a decade and a half after Brokeback Mountain.”

Joe Bell Release Dates

Canada 14 September 2020 (Toronto International Film Festival)
USA 23 July 2021
Canada 21 September 2021 (internet)

Also Known As (AKA)

(original title) Good Joe Bell
Australia Joe Bell
Canada (French title) Good Joe Bell
Canada (English title) Good Joe Bell
France Joe Bell
Germany Good Joe Bell
India (Hindi title) Good Joe Bell
Indonesia Good Joe Bell
Italy Good Joe Bell
Japan (Japanese title) Good Joe Bell
Mexico Good Joe Bell
Philippines Good Joe Bell
Russia Хороший Джо Белл
Singapore Good Joe Bell
South Korea 조 벨
Spain Good Joe Bell
United Arab Emirates Good Joe Bell
UK Good Joe Bell
USA Joe Bell
Joe and Jadin Bell
(new title) Joe Bell

Joe Bell | Official Trailer | In Theaters July 23

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