Beau is Afraid Parent Guide From fear to adventure. Release date April 21, 2023 Theaters: Following the sudden death of his mother, a man with extreme anxiety embarks on a terrifying and strange odyssey back home. Why is Beau is Afraid rated R? The MPA rated Beau is Afraid R for strong violent content, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language. Run Time: 179 minutes Watch the trailer for Beau is Afraid News About "Beau is Afraid" Cast and Crew Beau is Afraid is directed by Ari Aster and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Amy Ryan.