Review: GOOD BOYS

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Title: GOOD BOYS
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Will Forte, and Midori Francis
Movie length: 1 hour 30 minutes

What It Is: A very raunchy comedy produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg under their Point Grey Pictures. The movie is about a trio of sixth graders who try to impress girls and some of their older schoolmates. During their adventures which include skipping school and attending parties they have adventures including drugs, cops, and more.

What I Thought: The commercials and ads for the movie make note of the previous movies that Rogen and Goldberg have worked on, including SUPERBAD, SAUSAGE PARTY, and NEIGHBORS, as well as the fact the three young leads for the movie can’t legally see it. However, if you go into GOOD BOYS expecting the usual over-the-top raunchy comedy from these guys, you would be slightly mislead.

After seeing the movie, I came to the opinion that it’s more than that. While the smut and adult humor are there, and quite a few scenes that made a good portion of the adult audience at the screening laugh, you actually get a more rounded effort from a Rogen / Goldberg produced movie with the movie delving deep into the relationships between the three main characters with their friendship, which despite a few hiccups over the course of the movie, remaining strong and intact.


MILD SPOILERS AHOY!

Ok, now lets talk about the movie itself. While it is an R-Rated movie, it doesn’t garner that certification for any explicit sex or nudity (unless you count a scene involving a CPR doll – I’ll let your imagination run riot there…). It does, however, have some violence, drug use, and tons of disarming swearing, the majority of it from the three young leads.

As I said above while is it does has a lot of raunchy comedy, it also has a good and thoughtful message in it. I’d be most apt to say it’s a mix between SUPERBAD and BOOKSMART.

The three tweens in the movie (Tremblay as Max, Noon as Thor, and Williams as Lucas) carry the majority of the movie all by themselves – no mean feat for such young talent – and they do it in fine style. But this takes nothing away from the supporting actors were also terrific, including appearances from Bill Hader, Lil Rel Howery, Retta, and a scene-stealing cameo by Stephen Merchant.

The plot itself is pretty straightforward, the leads go on an adventure to replace a drone that they break. While on their adventure they steal drugs, get into a fight at a frat house, shoplift, and other various hijinks…none of which I did when I was their age.

The movie itself moved at a good pace, and none of the scenes I felt were unnecessary as they all pay off later in the movie. One of the more memorable scenes involves the frat house fight, and without going more into spoilers, it was by far the best scene in the movie.

My Grade: B.

The movie is great fun if you want to see an adult comedy with a ton of swearing and a little bit of raunchiness. Once again, Point Grey Pictures delivers a great summer comedy that should leave you laughing throughout the entire 90 minutes or so. This is one of those movies that you could see by yourself, with a group, or even on a date night, due to the strong, underlying message of the movie – awww! However, if you’re not into a raunchy comedy with swears and boobs, this is a movie you might want to avoid. Best to know what you’re getting into!

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