Biography · The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager and his abusive With Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, Jonah Blechman. The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager. This Boy's Life is a film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff. It is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, Robert De Niro. Imperative Entertainment eventually won out with a bid of $5 million, with Deadline now reporting the project has sparked the interest of an epic.