Good Boys is a American coming-of-age comedy film directed by Gene Stupnitsky, in his directorial debut, and written by Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith Williams, and Brady Noon as three sixth-graders who find themselves involved in a series of misadventures as they try to attend a party hosted by their popular classmates. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg serve as producers through their Point Grey Pictures banner.
Invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max asks his best friends Lucas and Thor for some much-needed help on how to pucker up. When they hit a dead end, Max decides to use his father's drone to spy on the teenage girls next door. When the boys lose the drone, they skip school and hatch a plan to retrieve it before Max's dad can figure out what happened.
Why It Rocks
- The film has lots of the profane jokes and swearing to make the viewer laugh out loud. Yes, the humor is crude, but that's the best part of the movie.
- The child actors' performances are amazing, especially Jacob Tremblay.
- The three boys have amazing chemistry when on screen.
- Plenty of good scenes, especially the frat house scene.
- It doesn't even try to be "woke". It just seems like a natural evolution of the comedic genre that hasn't always aged well.
- Much of the comedy comes from the kids' ignorance of about the realities of adult relationships.
- The story is also highly engaging as well.
- DEFINITELY, not for the easily offended.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 79% based on 200 reviews, with an average rating of 6.48/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Good Boys is undermined by an eagerness to repeatedly indulge in profane humor, but its appealing cast and ultimately thoughtful message often shine through." Metacritic collected 44 reviews and assessed 27 as positive, 14 as mixed, and 3 as negative; it gave the film a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".