Welcome to this written review exclusive to TalkingMovies.ca. This time around I will be reviewing the the R-Rated (at least in the US…) comedy ‘Good Boys!
Good Boys is the story of three, sixth-grade boys that ditch out on school and embark on an epic journey while accidentally carrying stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home for a long-awaited party.
Good Boys is directed by Gene Stupnitsky, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and stars Jacob Tremblay (The Predator) as Max, Keith L. Williams (The Last Man on Earth) as Lucas, and Brady Noon (Boardwalk Empire) as Thor. It also features Will Forte, Lil Rey Howery and Retta.
Good Boys sits at 59 on Metascore and 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This movie comes from the minds behind Sausage Party, Superbad and Neighbors. If that doesn’t give you an idea of the comedy you’ll face, get ready for some shocking revelations: twelve year olds curse, talk about drugs, and don’t know what sex toys are. Caught up? Great!
The character development is mediocre, the adult stars are underutilized, and the premise is a bit extreme, but the real comedy in this movie sits in awkward conversations and situations. Watching twelve year olds fumble with sex toys, trying to be cool while drinking was all too much fun and far too relatable. Who doesn’t remember stealing a single beer from their parents and pretending you were getting loaded off of it? Besides the comedy, there’s also an emotional side to these kids that was very fun to watch develop as they grow in this short 90-minute flick.
Is this movie a classic? No. But it’s fun! It’s a late night comedy that you sit back and relax and laugh at. It’s sad that the trailer gave away so many of the hilarious punchlines and gags, but seeing the full scene played out with harsher language made it all okay.
Let’s be frank, is Good Boys going to be up for Golden Globes or Oscars? No. But it’s worth a laugh.
I give Good Boys a B-