Just how bad can one day get? The creative minds behind Superbad, Pineapple Express and Sausage Party take on sixth grade hard in the outrageous comedy, Good Boys.
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).
What We Thought:
Good Boys is the movie I was hoping it would be. It was surprisingly funny and authentic and not one character felt out of place or forced. Overall I liked the trailer (below), but had some hesitations. It’s from the guys who did Superbad and I was worried it was going to be 12 year olds swearing the entire movie because isn’t 12 year olds swearing just hilarious and edgy? I was also worried that it would be very heavy handed like most movies nowadays. Here are some characters that could be used as a message about bullying or whatever and I guess I’m so used to movies having messages that I was honestly worried that was going to happen.
I’m happy to report that the film isn’t any of those things. Sure the kids swear, but it’s not constant and it’s kind of innocent and sweet in a way. Kids swear, I get it, but sometimes it feels forced and it wasn’t here. And yes the movie does talk about bullying, but it’s more used for punchlines than beating the viewer over the head with anti-bullying messages.
What the movie does best is let kids be kids. For whatever reason we’ve gotten away from that over the years. Stranger Things, IT Chapter 1, and a few other projects have been showing kids just being kids and it’s great to see. These are three friends all worried about kissing and crushes and fitting in and not not having a clue about any of it.
These three characters are characters I could relate to from when I was kid. I grew up pre-smartphone without every bit of information at my fingertips, but this shows that even with all that information, kids still don’t know what they think they know. They look up porn and get scared of the results and it’s funny because that’s how some kids are. When dealing with two older girls, they don’t know how to interact or how to read what’s going on. It’s funny because if you were ever that awkward kid (and some of us still are), it feels 100% believable.
The three lead actors make their characters believable as well. I think Jacob Tremblay is one the best young actors going and he’s great in this. He gets to step up his game and really shines as you root for him to replace his dad’s drone before getting caught. Along the way he gets into a fight, tries to buy drugs, runs across a highway and skips school, but you like him because he’s innocent and really doesn’t see any of the consequences. He wants to kiss the girl and buy a drone and that’s what he’s going to do. Keith L. Williams is hilarious getting big laughs as the one who can’t lie and narcs on himself. Brady Noon is the kid that thinks he knows it all, but really doesn’t. He has no idea what his parents are into and their kinks is a great running joke throughout the film. Whoever put these three kids together deserves an award.
I could go on and on about Good Boys, but I’ll just say I totally dug it. I probably laughed at it more than any other movie this year and I’d definitely watch it again. It’s sweet and funny and it’s a nice throwback to movies I grew up on. Simply put, it’s…
Running Time: 90 min.
Rating: Rated R for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout – all involving tweens.
Opening Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Writers: Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky
Producers: Lee Eisenberg, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Will Forte