“‘Good Boys’ is so f#*kin’ funny!”
Three young friends find themselves banning together in the R-rated misadventure of a lifetime in ‘Good Boys‘. When you have Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill, and the producers/writers of ‘The Office‘ work on a movie together, you know you’re bound for big laughs, and that’s exactly the case with this movie. ‘Superbad‘ could be a close relative to ‘Good Boys‘, but replace the three high school friends trying to get laid with three elementary school kids who want to hit up a make-out party and finally kiss a girl. The underlying themes of friendship, growing up and moving on are all on display here, where the charm and innocent vulgarity mix perfectly with each other. ‘Good Boys‘ is so fuckin’ funny!
Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor, and Lucas have all been friends since kindergarten. They live on the same street and their parents all know each other. The three friends are known as the Bean Bag Boys and spend every waking minute together, playing games, playing with a flying drone their not supposed to and having those talks that 10-year-olds think is very important – you know, kissing girls and when the next gaming session will be. These three kids are all well-mannered and honest, but they can curse like sailors while still trying to figure out the right pronunciations for adult lingo relating to sex. Throughout the main story, Max, Thor, and Lucas have to get to a party and retrieve a lost drone. This sets them on a coming-of-age journey of indecent proportions that include sex toys, infiltrating a frat house, drugs, and a sex doll.
Their innocence to all these explicit objects is a breath of fresh air and is invigoratingly funny. It brings you back to your own childhood, first exploring these actions feelings. On top of that though are the great friends you have when you’re young when you don’t have to worry about bills, work, or serious relationships. All that matters is hanging with your best friends every day and that’s what ‘Good Boys‘ gets right. It feels natural.
The three young kids play these characters very well. Their delivery, dialogue all feels natural and something that Iw ould have said when I was younger. Their camaraderie is infectious and their wholesome take on the world that combines flawlessly with raunchy discussions is something I could watch all day. ‘Good Boys‘ is one of those movies that everyone can enjoy and is this current generation’s ‘American Pie‘ and ‘Superbad‘.
Written by: Bryan Kluger