Good Boys Movie Review

Directed by Gene Stupnitsky
Produced by
  • Lee Eisenberg
  • Evan Goldberg
  • Seth Rogen
  • James Weaver
Written by
  • Lee Eisenberg
  • Gene Stupnitsky
Starring
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Keith L. Williams
  • Brady Noon
  • Molly Gordon
  • Lil Rel Howery
  • Will Forte
  • Midori Francis
Music by Lyle Workman
Cinematography Jonathan Furmanski
Edited by Daniel Gaby
Production
companies
  • Good Universe
  • Point Grey Pictures
  • Quantity Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2019 (SXSW)
  • August 16, 2019 (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $107.6 million

 

Good Boys is the latest adult comedy presented by Point Grey Pictures aka Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. This duo is responsible for other comedies such as Superbad, Bad Neighbors, and Sausage Party and so Good Boys has certainly been left with big shoes to fill. Good Boys is full of inappropriate humour that had me in fits of laughter, think Diary of a Wimpy Kid but for adults only, a winning combination!


The premise of this film is quite simple, as most comedies are, but thankfully it comes through equally on its delivery. The story follows three young ‘tweens’ Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) as they face the terrifying transition to entering the sixth grade. The boys fear the upcoming ‘kissing party’ and in preparation for learning how to kiss a girl they come face to face with an assortment of hilarious escapades involving their discoveries and discussions on alcohol, sex, and drugs. The humor comes directly from how real the character’s views felt on these topics as it certainly took me back to my own innocent and rather naïve world view at that age. On my suggestion, I’d definitely stick to buying a small drink or you’ll be fighting your bladder with the number of laughs that are sure to come if this is your type of comedy.


The three leading actors are all wonderful! Tremblay is certainly the modern-day child star taking Hollywood by storm and in this film he plays the ringleader of the trio who is on a path to kiss the apparent love of his life (I’m sure we all felt this at some point at this age). Williams plays the hilarious Lucas who fears growing up amidst the divorce of his parents and Noon rounds up the trio as Thor who is determined to prove the bullies wrong is finally trying a sip of beer. Each of the character arcs is wholesome, hilarious and well presented to be relatable to the target audience.


Despite the outrageous adult humour at its core, Good Boys is full of heart-warming positive takeaway messages. It is a movie about friendship and growing up that centers on realizing you may drift apart from your primary school friends and that is ok. It is a story and narrative we have seen play out on the screen many times before but usually it is not targeted towards hitting the nostalgia factor of an older audience.
Good Boys is full of everything you want from a great comedy! It’s inappropriate, realistic and is sure to leave you in stitches of laughter. Very thankful this film came through on its promise of a good time and didn’t give away all the good bits in its initial trailer. Well worth a watch!

Rating: 8/10


Rating: Coffee & Kahlua ~ This might look like its suitable for children but looks can be deceiving; adults sit back and enjoy a laugh or two with this one.

 

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