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‘Good Boys’ – Review

‘Good Boys’ – Review

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If you’re seeking some foul-mouthed comedic fun then you’ll find it here in Good Boys, which will have you in fits of uncontrollable laughter thanks to the laugh-out-loud antics of its tween stars.

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).

If you’re looking for comedy then you’re in luck here with Good Boys, because this odyssey of three best friends who get in way over their heads is filled with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and it is sure to have you giddy in your seats. This isn’t normal laughter either, this is wildly inappropriate, but completely hysterical levels of laughter and the resulting comedy of Good Boys will leave your jaw in pain. Director Gene Stupnitsky, under the guidance of producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, goes for it here with these hijinks and the result makes for some wildly original fun. Whether it’s the boy’s confrontation with an off-duty cop, their plan to try to outwit a pair of teenagers or the immense trouble that results from a paintball fight at a frat house, Good Boys delivers on the comedy in a very big way and there’s plenty to get audiences going here.

Taking on the roles of Max, Thor and Lucas, collectively known as The Bean Bag Boys are Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams, and these young stars make an excellent three-person team. Each of them has great chemistry with one another and their unique quirks, and characterizations are sure to keep the audience guessing. Throughout the story, each of them has to contend with a unique challenge, whether it’s Max desire to go to a kissing party, Thor’s quest to prove he’s a man by drinking four sips of beer or Lucas’ who is trying to find a way through his parent’s divorce. While they might go on one very crazy odyssey together, through all of it they’ve got each other’s backs and they give each other a run for the money when it comes to the comedy involved here.

Alongside its comedy, Good Boys also examines the process of growing up and for many adult audiences its events are sure to bring about a sense of nostalgia here. There’s a deep focus on friendship and how through time, circumstance and just the notion of growing up the friendships in our lives change and evolve. Good Boys does a great job of capturing this up on the big screen and it focuses in on what our friends mean to us and just how they end up shaping our lives for the better. This focus on friendship, mixed together with plenty of gross-out comedy, makes for a winning combination here with laughs that don’t stop.

If you’re seeking some fun times and plenty of outlandish humour then you have to give Good Boys a watch. Your jaw will ache from how funny it all is and you won’t be disappointed.

Image: Universal Pictures

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