Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Review: Good Boys

Release date: August 16, 2019
Running time: 89 minutes
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Molly Gordon, Will Forte

GOOD BOYS tells the story of three childhood friends that go on an epic journey, and in the process they grow up.  Oh, and it also has a bunch of raunchy comedy, sex toys, and silly drug humor.  Basically what you would expect from the billing: "From the guys that brought you Superbad, Neighbors, and Sausage Party."  Think, Stand By Me but dirty.  

The main draw of the film is the friendship between the main boys, or "The Beanbag Boys" as they call themselves.  The interactions between the three are fun to watch, but each of the characters is essentially a kid stereotype and they don't stray far from those molds.  Although the characters do grow throughout the movie, their main personalities stay the same.  That being said, sometimes the interactions are laugh out loud funny, and other times it feels like the same old shtick that you've seen before.

The journey the kids go on does have plenty of twists and turns, with their convoluted journey leading to all sorts of absurd and ridiculous situations.  And although the locales are not exotic or particularly varied, there is enough variety that it keeps the film interesting.  The humor is funny if not particularly memorable and the other characters are not bad, but similar to the main boys, pretty one dimensional.  And on top of the one dimensional characters and jokes that feel like you've heard them again, the overall journey itself just isn't that memorable.  

GOOD BOYS is a fun journey with plenty of laughs that you won't be disappointed in taking from the comfort of your couch.  

Rent it.

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