Good Boys

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Good Boys is undermined by an eagerness to repeatedly indulge in profane humor, but its appealing cast and ultimately thoughtful message often shine through.

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After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Room's Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn't know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon, HBO's Boardwalk Empire) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams, Fox's The Last Man On Earth) decide to use Max's dad's drone -- which Max is forbidden to touch -- to spy (they think) on a teenage couple making out next door. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max's dad (Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth) gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions involving some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and terrifying teenage girls (Life of the Party's Molly Gordon and Ocean's Eight's Midori Francis).

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  • 3h ago
    Outside of lowering the age of the central characters this plays out like most hard R coming of age comedies about the inevitability of change. Not to say that this kind of narrative doesn't have merit or that they aren't enjoyable but at a certain point they all start to feel the same.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2019
    This appealed as something that was not the normal take on the stoner genre. The film quickly tires and is somewhat irrelevant. I'm not sure who the target audience is for this film. Some of the character's lack of life experience and knowledge is quite funny, but overall this is not as funny as expected. The trailer is probably the best way to digest this film. The film is vulgar to only satisfy the older audience, who I'm a little shocked would be drawn to this project. Funny at times, but not my type of film. 01/11/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2019
    Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg seemingly recreate "Superbad" for tweens with Good Boys and it's pretty entertaining all throughout. There's no surprise the amount of outrageous humor, gags and innuendo instilled in this film but what's equally surprising is the amount of sentiment and heart the film produces all thanks to swell performances from its trio of adolescent stars. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2019
    THE KIDS ARE ALL GREAT - My Review of GOOD BOYS (4 Stars) Sometimes a movie comes out and you can easily imagine the pitch which took place to get it greenlit. With Good Boys, I would guess Seth Rogen walked into the conference room at Universal, which, let's face it, is enough to get a movie made anyhow, and said five words, "Superbad Meets Stand By Me". The suits applauded wildly, told him they're in the "Seth Rogen business" and let him leave with a handshake deal and his free bottle of water. To fall prey to this conjecture, however, takes away from the pure pleasure of experiencing this surprisingly unique film. On paper, it sounds like every other teen comedy, except the leads are tweens, so to hear them swearing constantly gives it that extra kick. It's your typical "boys lose a drone to two teenaged girls, must purchase drugs for the girls in order to get drone back, and do so in time for the big make-out party" kind of scenario. Nothing special about the plot, but director Gene Stupnitsky along with co-writer Lee Eisenberg (both writers on The Office) have given us a story about kids, who genuinely act like kids, finding their true voices. It would have been so easy to succumb to the obvious tropes inherent in the film's plot, but the filmmakers seem way more interested in capturing children way out of their league and not having the answers to everything. It proves incredibly refreshing, especially for a big studio comedy. Anybody can adhere to a strict template, but the filmmakers color outside those lines enough to deflect comparisons to any of its predecessors. At the outset, we meet the "Bean Bag Boys", three best friends who like to ride their bikes around, play video games, and, yes, hang out on their bean bags. They talk a big game about sex, drugs and alcohol, but their youth spills out in a series of malapropisms and squeamish reactions. Their ostensible leader, Max, played by the very talented Jacob Tremblay (Room and Wonder), has a huge crush on a girl named Brixlee, and borrows his father's drone to capture footage of older kids making out so that he can learn to do the same at the big party. His pal Lucas (Keith L. Williams) has a moral compass which comprises of blurting out the truth at all costs. The third kid, Thor (Brady Noon) likes to brag about drinking beer and having had lots of sex, but at heart we know him to be a musical theatre prodigy and much more naive to the ways of the world than how he presents himself. As such, we're treated to a lot of scenes in which their bravado bumps up against their obvious inexperience. In a word, it's "delicious". Whether they're buying drugs at a frat house or trying to cross a busy freeway, Stupnitsky stays focused on his characters. Yes, he has them scream and cry. Yes, he mines humor from anal beads and sex slings. Yes, he pings on so many teen comedy moments we've grown to love, but he always reminds us that these are very young kids. They may swear - a lot - like literally every five seconds - but they also cry, need their parents, and move on from some hard moments faster than their teen counterparts. It's through this approach where we get scenes of genuine feeling and warmth. It may teeter towards mushiness, but Stupnitsky never forgets he's making a laugh out loud comedy too. With its shaggy plot, Good Boys feels like a hangout movie, but every scene seems to illustrate the challenge of acting older than you are, whether it's proving yourself in a beer sipping challenge or playing spin the bottle. These kids can't quite handle alcohol or even making eye contact with people they're attracted to, and these scenes prove to be gems because of such sly observations. Much credit goes to the cast, with our three leads finding so much heart in their foul-mouthed characters. Noon, who sings beautifully, feels like a character who's coded as gay, but it's never explored outright. I half-expected a "10 Years Later" card to pop up at the end, showing us his new queer life, but, again, Stupnitsky stays true to the ages of his characters, refusing to let them seem more evolved than expected. Regardless, Noon wonderfully plays Thor as a cross between the Artful Dodger and a pre-teen version of Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind! Williams has such a wild, nerdy energy but finds real emotions in his scenes with his divorcing parents, played perfectly by Retta and Lil Rel Howery. Finally, Tremblay could have easily coasted as the ostensible romantic lead, but he displays a real gift for comedy with his wide-mouthed reactions and steady stream of "F*cks"! Put all three kids together and you have a completely believable trio of best friends. They'll outgrow each other for sure, maybe move on, but will undoubtedly grow into fantastic adults as a result of this friendship. Forget the original pitch. Good Boys seems destined to join the list of teen classic comedies as that movie that made you simultaneously do spit takes while saying, "Awwwwww".
    Glenn G Super Reviewer

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