The Movie: 7/10
They cuss and swear and make reference to adult subjects…and they’re just tweens! Yikes! Put your big kid pants on and deal with it. Yes, these kids actually say bad words and some of the jokes are over their youthful heads, but that’s what makes it funny right? Sometimes.
I really did enjoy Good Boys. It has a lot of laughs and a lot of heart, as expected. It’s growing up and coming of age and friendship and learning to be a person in a world that doesn’t make sense, all that rolled into one little movie. The cast is great and the music is a fun addition to the antics of our lads about town. Their adventures require a good soundtrack:)
They get themselves into trouble by damaging a drone that belongs to one of their fathers. They then spend the rest of the movie in a wacky cartoony quest to replace it. Hmmm a boy damages something expensive that belongs to his father and will be in serious trouble if he can’t hide his tracks. Let me think, is his name Joel? Did he drive his dad’s Porche into the water and have to raise money by turning his house into a brothel to pay to fix it? OR was his name Cameron whose friend drove his dad’s Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider and then have to try to reverse the mileage and then drive it through a window and out into a tree? Nope, this is not a car related story. It’s more modern than that. This time it’s dad’s drone he uses for work. It gets trashed. The boys panic. Hilarity insues.
They encounter a pair of teenage girls who become their tough rivals. They encounter the bullies and cool kids at school, who also become rivals. These “bad” boys have a lot of good in them that the world just really doesn’t seem to appreciate. They get picked on, pushed around, punched, tricked, and more. The heart of the story is their friendship, which is also challenged by things like girls and parents and following different interests. It’s life, we all know, but they are just little dudes learning it all from scratch.
I really enjoyed this movie. I laughed a LOT and shook my head a few times at a few of the more raunchy things they had to say. I know as actors their moms were probably right behind the camera while they were doing their scenes, but still, it’s jarring at times.
I approve of movies that treat young people as people. Thanks Joel and Ferris and all the others who lead the way.
- Alternate Ending (2 Minutes)
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (11 Minutes) – 11 deleted scenes that are actually pretty funny.
- Boys For Real (3 Minutes) – A look at the young actors and the personality’s on display.
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – Fun and frolics from the set.
- Welcome To Vancouver (1 Minute) – A short look at the school Jacob Tremblay attends.
- A Fine Line (3 Minutes) – The bad language in the movie is explored including how they got it past the censors.
- Ask Your Parents (2 Minutes) – How the adult material challenged the kids.
- Bad Girls (2 Minutes) – A look at the female stars including the Terminatrix.
- Guest Stars (3 Minutes) – The films cameos explored.
- Audio Commentary With Director & Writer
- Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Filmed digitally Good Boys comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Universal pictures and an AVC 1080P encode that looks great. Black levels and flesh tones here are super accurate and the film has a lot of fine detail on close ups. Nothing here to complain about Good boys picture quality is good.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is lossless and better than most situational comedies such as this. Music is given first place in the mix and chatter is always central and crystal clear.
Overall Score 7/10