Good Boys follows the “Beanbag boys”- Max, Lukas and Thor- three sixth grade outcasts who manage to get invited to the cool crew’s party where the main event will be a game of spin the bottle.
Max is particularly eager to have his chance at kissing his crush Brexlie, but the trio has never popped their kissing cherries. For the boys, turning up to pucker-up is a terrifying prospect for which they’re unprepared.
In an effort to learn how to put their best lips forward, they begin an outrageous sequence of research that includes googling “porn” and practising on what they believe to be a CPR doll.
Their fruitless attempts push them to borrow Max’s Dad’s very expensive, strictly-for-work drone so that they can spy on their teenage neighbours making out for tips. When the drone is instead captured, the good boys wind up doing some very bad things to try and reclaim it so that they can avoid a grounding and make it to the kissing party that this was all for.
Good Boys, executively produced by Seth Rogen, will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Superbad and this year’s earlier release Book Smart, which shares some of its soundtrack and two cast members (Molly Gordon and Will Forte).
Good Boys though is made special by its twelve-year-old protagonists and the different brand of humour that their naivety produces. Like real prepubescent boys, Max, Lukas and Thor all believe they know more than they do, like that a nymphomaniac is someone who has sex on land AND sea.
Some of the jokes, namely the endless swearing and those jokes relying on adult toys, wear thin, but there’s more than enough in the film to keep you laughing from start to finish if you decide early on to succumb to the raunchy but childish humour.
Room and Chucky star Jacob Tremblay, as Max, proves again here that his rising star is one to watch. He’s perfectly cast as the loyal, curious and consent-mindful tween who’s mischievous but not devious.
Brady Noon plays Thor who’s struggling with wanting to be popular but also wanting to be the lead in the school musical- two fates that don’t often collide.
And completing the trio is Keith L Williams. His portrayal as the helplessly truthful Lukas who’s confronting the divorce of his parents is spot on. His comedic timing is brilliant and I challenge you not to laugh when he screams.
Good Boys is a film that’s R-rated humour and hearty script is bolstered by a fabulous cast with well-drawn characters, a solid ending and a sweet take-home message.
If a mash-up of American Pie and Stand by Me sounds like a treat to you then you’re in for a good time with Good Boys.
SEE IT if…
You’d like a prequel to American Pie
You were a tween when Superbad came out
SKIP IT if..
You don’t want to see little boys swearing
You’re sensitive to crass jokes in general
It gets 3.5 stars out of 5.
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