Despite the fact that the three leads here are portraying 6th graders, this is not a film aimed at kids. It is in fact rather racy and that should not be a surprise as the people behind crass laughers like Sausage Party, Neighbors and Superbad bring you this one.
Max (Jacob Tremblay – Room, Wonder), Thor (Brady Noon – from television’s Boardwalk Empire) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams – from television’s The Last Man on Earth) are your typical 12-year-old boys. On the cusp of teenagehood, but still a little clueless when it comes to girls.
This becomes painfully obvious when Max is invited to his first kissing party. Not wanting to look out of place, he asks his two best friends for some advice about the art of kissing. Not exactly fountains of knowledge on the subject, the three friends make it their mission to get to the bottom of kissing.
First Max “borrows” his father’s (Will Forte – Nebraska, The Lego Movie) drone to spy on the teenage girls next door. When that does not work and he loses the drone they have to come up with a plan to get it back. The plan is pretty harebrained in that the three are going to skip school in an attempt to retrieve the drone before Max’s father discovers it is gone. Plus gather some intel on kissing.
On their day off one bad decision leads to the next. Soon they are involved in things like stolen drugs, paintball at a frat house and being pursued by the police and teenage girls.
If you can get past the crude language and jokes then there is truly something worthwhile here. First off, the dialogue is really well written. Next, the more serious themes propping the film up about growing up and friends growing apart are well done. Not too heavy handed. Finally the three young actors have great chemistry.
Certainly there is a predictability factor in that the story is like Superbad. Cliche-filled as well. But these things do not take away from the humour.
The number one reason to watch a film like this are the laughs. There are plenty here. Rarely does a film come along with this many opportunities to laugh. It is almost an extinct species today.
-Digital copy of Good Boys (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes
-Boys For Real
-Welcome to Vancouver
-A Fine Line
-Ask Your Parents
-Feature Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Gene Stupnitsky and Producer/Co-Writer Lee Eisenberg