Good Boys – A Movie Review

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By: Taylor Poff | tpoff6@radford.edu

Good Boys, a new comedy produced by Seth Rogan, sees three middle school-age kids swept up in some raunchy R-rated antics, akin to his 2007 movie Superbad. 

The movie begins when the main character, twelve-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay), gets invited to his first kissing party. Eager to go and get his first kiss with Brixlee, his first crush, he invites both his best friends, Lucas and Thor, for moral support.

To attend the party, the three young boys go on a mission to figure out how to kiss. In a bind to find a quick solution, the boys “borrow” Max’s dad’s drone to spy on teenage girls who live across the street to learn first-hand. The situation goes awry, and the three boys destroy the drone.

The rest of the story unfolds while the boys skip school to try and buy a new drone to replace the original one.

The idea of drugs, sex, language and violence in a movie based around middle schoolers sounds quite terrible, but it makes for a very comical film.

Amidst all of the chaos of the drone, Thor and Lucas are also dealing with their own problems as well. Lucas’s parents have decided to get a divorce while Thor tries to push away his love of music and singing to gain popularity.

The young boys get into a considerable amount of mischief – mischief that sixth-graders definitely should not be involved in. The idea of drugs, sex, language and violence in a movie based around middle schoolers sounds quite terrible, but it makes for a very comical film.

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If the viewer can get past the raunchiness of the film, they will be sure to get a kick out of the entertaining plot and dialogue.

The boys’ personalities play so well off of each other. Max, the ring leader, wears his naïve heart on his sleeve and is convinced that Brixlee is the love of his life, and his life depends on the return of her affection.

Lucas, my personal favorite, played by Keith L. Williams, is your average goodie two shoes. He has a big heart and always tries to do right by everyone. He adds the perfect amount of comedic relief in every situation.

Thor, played by Brady Noon, tries to come off as the cool, tough guy, but can never shake his love for theater and music. His passion is something he becomes ashamed of throughout the film, and he wrestles internally with being himself unapologetically.

Some underlying themes shine through all of the crude humor. The boys learn always to be yourself, no matter what society deems normal, and that real friendships last through growth and change.

Throughout the film, the jokes tend to get old and repetitive, but the acting makes up for it. The three boys have such great chemistry together that the audience could be fooled that the three were friends even before the creation of the film.

Good Boys will continue to play in theaters and will be available on DVD Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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The Verdict
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This film definitely earned its R rating. With that said, I would recommend it to anyone who isn’t affected by crude humor, harsh language, sexual references and the use of drugs. If the viewer can get past the raunchiness of the film, they will be sure to get a kick out of the entertaining plot and dialogue.

Taylor Poff

Hi! My name is Taylor! I am an English major at Radford University. I enjoy being outside, reading, writing, and playing guitar. I love spending time with people and experiencing new things.