Movie Review: Good Boys

August 26th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Good Boys (2019)

| | AdventureComedy | 16 August 2019 (USA)
 
6.9/10
7,166
 
Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

Director:

 Gene Stupnitsky
 
 
Initial Thoughts:
 
I've been watching Jacob Tremblay for a few years now. He was fantastic in Room and I quite enjoyed his performance on an episode of the new Twilight Zone series (one of the few episodes I liked that season). My wife enjoys comedies (and I do too) so we went to see this.
 
Main Points:
 
It's easy to tell when you're watching a Seth Rogen movie (in this case a producer) as it deals a lot with sex and has a lot of coarse language. I'm no prude and it doesn't bother me but I do think it can be overdone and it is the focus of a LOT of comedies but I guess sex sells so they keep making them.
 
It's always a little weird at first to hear 12-year-olds cursing constantly but I suppose that might have to do more with my own childhood than anything else. So to get this back on track, I enjoyed the movie and there are some really funny/entertaining/gross moments.
 
Tremblay is the best part for me and I will certainly watch him in future roles. This movie deals a lot with how innocent/naive kids are at 12 and I found myself doubting a lot of it. I certainly knew about sex when I was twelve and some scenes are hard to believe.
 
I was entertained and laughed, it the end it just is a regular comedy that (I don't feel) will be remembered or win any awards. Watch two really funny cameos by Stephen Merchant. I also love the song "I wanna know what love is" by Foreigner and I enjoyed the use of it here.   
 
Final Thoughts:
 
As I often see, this is an adult movie, please don't bring children, ages 17+. There is drug use, lots of coarse language and plenty of sexual situation/toys. I give it 7.5 out 10, there are some fun moments and I liked the young boys but the story is flimsy and even though it was only 1.5 hours I still got a little bored at the end. That said I would recommend to anyone who enjoys comedies and is looking for a laugh, my wife says to watch the car crash scene closely as she found it the funniest part of the movie.