Writer: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg (Screenplay)
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis
Plot: Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.
Tagline – You Must Be This Tall to See This Movie
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Has the Heart, Lacks the Humour
Story: Good Boys starts as we meet three 6th graders Max (Tremblay), Lucas (Williams) and Thor (Noon) who are prepared to make the next steps in their school career with Max looking to join the popular kids which will bring him close to the girl of his dreams, with the three getting invited to a kissing party.
Thoughts on Good Boys
Characters – Max is the leader of the group, he is always looking to break out of the younger child stage of his life, which sees him getting the big invitation to the popular kids party, only he needs the help of his friends to prepare for this night, even if his friends aren’t invited. Lucas is going through the toughest time, with his parents just going through a divorce, he doesn’t want to tell his friends, though he struggles to deal with keeping a secret in his life never getting to boy sin more trouble than normal. Thor is a singer that becomes the target of most of the bullying, he always wants to prove himself to people, but not always going through with it, needing to learn about following his own dreams. Hannah and Lily are two older teenage girls that the three looking to learn about kissing, only to find themselves in the middle of wanting their drugs back.
Performances – Jacob Tremblay is the biggest draw in the three leading boys, though all three Keith L Williams and Brady Noon are all fantastic together, they do show us just how the different problems they are coming through, but have chemistry together that shows friendship.
Story – The story here follows three 6th graders who are reaching the point where they might go their separate directions and spend the day on an adventure to prepare getting to their first kissing party. This story does have a big heart, because at the ag of the boys, life will change very quickly and this does get put through clearly with the heart it deserves, only it does get held up by a completely over the top comical side line, which doesn’t hit home as much as it would like. If we had kept some of the comedy a lot calmer or more natural, we could have had one of the best coming of age films for years.
Comedy – The comedy is in this film is the weakest part, you might get a few laughs, here and there, with an on running joke about not being able to get into a childproof bottle.
Settings – The film does give us the everyday life of the boys to start with, before throwing them into a world they wouldn’t ever be close too.
Scene of the Movie – The frat house.
Final Thoughts – This is a film that has all the heart it needs, only it gets buried by the lazy comedy that just seem to hit hard enough.
Overall: Life Lesson 101.