Not the boss of them
Gotta love it. Salon has been running pop-up ads for A Beautiful Mind for weeks for Universal, and then Charles Taylor undresses the film with his review. At least we know he isn't a lackey. The same thing happened in EW, which didn't exactly give Harry Potter a glowing review, despite being part of the AOL/Time Warner universe.
I saw A Beautiful Mind after having read the book. I think it is a decent movie in its own right, but I believe it capitalizes on the audience's ignorance to portray it as a realistic account of John Forbes Nash's life and genius, and that is just plain wrong. Sure, it doesn't say "based on the life of" at any point in time, and the commercials all noted that it was "inspired by the life of," but yet the character is named John Forbes Nash, and Ron Howard inserts dates and post-movie text post-scripts that are common devices of non-fiction films.
Among other things, John Forbes Nash had several homosexual relationships and fathered a child with a woman he refused to marry or support. Later, he did marry Alicia, but she later divorced him when his schizophrenic paranoia was too much to tolerate, though she remarried him last June. He was also a truly brilliant mathmetician. None of this comes across in the film. If the filmmakers didn't feel that the movie would be as moving if it wasn't based on a true story, they shouldn't have made it.