Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Writer: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky
Staring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis
Release Date: August 16, 2019
Thor: Does this look like a sippy cup? No, it’s a fucking juice box! Because I’m not a fucking child!
What a deplorable, low-brow, decrepit and AMAZINGLY hilarious movie. Good Boys is breezy, confident and unapologetic with its humor. Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon are all stars as they take the script of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and create an innocent story of wonderful youthful, blissful ignorance.
Alright, alright, alright. Enough miss-mush. Good Boys is hysterical because it puts sixth grade boys in crazy scenarios tinted with adult tones. The trio do not know anything that they are dealing with, and that chaotic recipe bakes the laughs in constantly. We have sex toys, drugs, loss of childhood innocence, friends bickering and journeys of self-discovery. And instead of the more often-used high schoolers trudging to a party, we are with middle schoolers. It is a time where many now shake their head due to second-hand embarrassment, but it is also so relatable discovering things one knows absolutely nothing about.
Okay, let’s just get to the some of the best part.
- Dark house from the jump here: Midori Francis as Lily was amazing. She is so focused on the drugs, and her determination to accomplish the task is scary (in the best way possible). Her teaming up with Hannah (Molly Gordon) is a wonderful pairing to thwart the trio of Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor.
- Joining Lily in terms of amazing side characters is
- The paintball scene in the frat house is perfect. It is over-the-top in every way possible with egregious body humor with slow motion madness. Simple one-liners from everyone in the trio add to the lunacy. I also appreciate how Max just grows the confidence to tackle the moment like a freaking mobster. “We were never here!” and “Start the freaking car!” are lines from any heist movie, but in Good Boys they are punctuation marks.
- Will Forte as Max’s dad is amazing. The perfect dosage.
- Everyone remembers their Soren (Izaac Wang) from middle school. The super-suave, ultra-cool, never stressed popular kid. Wang played that stereotype perfectly to a tee.
- Sam Richardson as Officer Sacks…probably my favorite cop in a gas station scene since Bill Hader and Seth Rogen as officers Slater and Michaels in Superbad (2007).
- Can we have a joint play with Thor’s version of Rock of Ages with the cast of Hamlet 2 (2008)?
- Speaking of Thor; the “I Want To Know What Love Is” song montage is amazing. The coked out drama teacher getting super excited, the breakups of Max, to the crazy escapes of the play. All of it was awesome. Most importantly how the whole entire thing was blown over by the parents, just “med, it’s coke” we are good.
Okay, writing a credible review or reaction to a comedy is hard. Good Boys is just hilarious. Watch it for a laugh during this depressing time.
STANKO RATING: A- (4.5/5)