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GOOD BOYS review

One Bad Decision Leads to Another

Ever find yourself wondering just how exposed kids are these days?  Well, wonder no more because “Good Boys” is here to terrify all current and future parents with how much their children may already be exposed to.  With Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon) about to enter the 6th grade, the bean bag brothers are faced with a harsh reality; it’s time to grow-up.  With their first kissing party on the horizon, the boys exercise all available options to learn how to kiss; including an ill-fated look search of porn, practicing on a sex doll, and spying on their neighbors with Max’s dad’s drone.  After the drone is captured by two older girls, the boys unknowingly involve themselves is a plot that is way over their heads.  With the party only hours away and Max’s goal of kissing his true love hanging in the balance, the boys must conquer every obstacle to make it to the party and cement themselves as 6th graders.

Let me start off by making this loud and clear: “Good Boys” is not for kids!  While the film centers-around a trio of young kids, the subject matter is strongly-adult, crude, and filled with drug and sexual references.  So much of the film’s success relies on the trio on young actors and they do not disappoint!  Tremblay, Williams, and Noon absolutely nail their character’s extreme naiveté and innocence, with each of them offering their own unique spin as well.  The supporting cast, while seldom-featured, is also quite strong; most notably Will Forte as Max’s loving Dad and Lil Rel Howery and Retta as Lucas’ parents.  While the cast is important to pull-off the vision, the screenwriters deserve the majority of the credit here.  The jokes are absolutely endless and never get old.  I promise you will laugh from start-to-finish at all of them; even the countless misinterpreted sexual lingo jokes that are littered-throughout.

However, the laughs are only part of the film’s main goal.  The film is a fantastic coming-of-age story that viewers of all (appropriate) ages can relate to.  While the film is FILLED with dirty and raunchy humor, there is truly a beautiful message that acts as the film’s moral compass; separating “Good Boys” from most other raunchy comedies these days.  Coming-in at a brisk 89 minutes, “Good Boys” flows seamlessly as the laughs continue.  I truly view “Superbad” as one of the most important comedies in the last 20 years and I think “Good Boys” will carry that same importance as well.  While the previous focused on high school seniors before heading-off the college, this one focuses on the youth.  While some of it may be extreme, kids are learning about this time of subject matter at a much earlier age nowadays and, while the film in no way glorifies it, it’s important for them to learn about it in a safe, controlled environment.  I am by NO MEANS recommending parents to take their middle-schoolers to see this, but it may be a film that kids inevitably find a way to take off their parents shelves and watch with their friends; and that’s maybe not such a bad thing.

“Good Boys” is by-far the funniest film of 2019 so far and it’s a refreshing take on the adolescent scene and is filled with laughs from start-to-finish.  I can’t wait to watch it again!

 4.5/5

GOOD BOYS is rated R for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout – all involving tween, in theaters August 16th!