Good Boys is every bit the outcome you’d expect if you took the minds behind Superbad and Neighbors and tossed them in a blender with a few sharp child actors and a healthy dose of shock-and-awe humor. How do you get a trio of sixth-grade boys mixed up in a battle with frat bros, dealing in sex toys, carrying Molly and struggling with childproof lids? Well, you take one father on a business trip, an unlikely invite to a “kissing party” and a missing drone and you’ve got all the motivation you need to inspire antics at large scale.
Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) — collectively known as The Bean Bag Boys, thank you very much — have been friends for as long as they can remember. They do everything together. So when the cool kids tap Max to go to a kissing party, he gets his pals invited and they all set out on a mission to figure out how to get some kissing done. Needless to say, this does not go well. And the aftermath is everything you’d expect from Good Boys.
What does go well is the work from Tremblay, Williams and Noon. The three have good chemistry and even better timing. The outrageous scenarios tend to do a lot of the legwork in comedies of this ilk, but Good Boys benefits from young leads who handily command the nuance of comedy that operates on multiple levels. In one turn they’re struggling to open a bottle of pills, in the next breath extolling the virtues of consent and a moment later announcing that a phone conversation with the mean high school girls next door inspired a boner. It’s not high art, but it’s pretty high (and surprisingly harmless) fun.
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Writers: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky
Runtime: 1h 29mins
Release date: August 16, 2019
Main image credit: Ed Araquel/Universal Pictures
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