Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

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Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Was
Produced by Don Was
Jonathon Ker
Written by Don Was
Starring Brian Wilson
Carl Wilson
Audree Wilson
Carnie Wilson
Marilyn Wilson
Wendy Wilson
Music by The Beach Boys
Cinematography Wyatt Troll
Edited by Helen Lowe
Release dates
  • January 25, 1995 (1995-01-25)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $56,744 (USA)

Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is a 1995 biographical musical film directed by Don Was, centered on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. The documentary examines the ups and downs of Wilson's life, including the early years of the Beach Boys, his years of substance abuse, and his long road to recovery through interviews with Brian and the Wilson family.

Its name derives from the Beach Boys' song "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times", released on Pet Sounds (1966).

Currently,[when?] it is sold as a double feature, paired with the 1985 The Beach Boys: An American Band documentary.



For the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy, director Bill Pohlad casted John Cusack as Wilson based on the real Wilson's mannerisms and appearance in I Just Wasn't Made for These Times. Cusack later recommended the biopic as a "companion piece" to the documentary.[1]

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