Good Boys (film)

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Good Boys
Good Boys Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGene Stupnitsky
Produced by
Written by
  • Lee Eisenberg
  • Gene Stupnitsky
Music byLyle Workman
CinematographyJonathan Furmanski
Edited byDaniel Gaby
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2019 (2019-03-11) (SXSW)
  • August 16, 2019 (2019-08-16) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$93.1 million[2][3]

Good Boys is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Gene Stupnitsky, in his directorial debut, and written by Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.[4][5] 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.[6]

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on August 16, 2019, by Universal Pictures. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed $93.1 million worldwide on a $20 million budget.


Friends Max, Lucas, and Thor enter sixth grade facing their own personal dilemmas: Max has a crush on classmate Brixlee, Lucas learns his parents are getting divorced, and teasing from his peers discourages Thor from pursuing his love of singing. When presented with the opportunity to kiss Brixlee at a party hosted by popular student Soren, Max and his friends use his father's valued drone to spy on his teenage neighbor Hannah in an attempt to learn proper kissing. The plan goes awry and results in the drone being destroyed and Max, Lucas, and Thor in possession of Hannah's ecstasy. To avoid getting grounded, the three boys skip school to buy a new drone at the local mall, with Hannah and her friend Lily in pursuit.

Amid a series of escapades, Max, Lucas, and Thor reach the mall, but learn that Hannah and Lily bought the drone and will only give it to the boys in exchange for their ecstasy. Having surrendered the drugs to a police officer, the boys manage to obtain new ecstasy from Hannah's ex-boyfriend, Benji, and trade it for the drone. Nevertheless, Max is unable to prevent his father from finding out that he used the drone and is grounded. An argument ensues between the friends and the three go their separate ways, although Max takes the blame for what transpired to prevent Lucas and Thor from getting in trouble. When Lucas speaks to his parents about the potential end of his friendships, they advise him that he, Max, and Thor are growing apart.

That night, Lucas convinces Max to sneak out to attend the party, tricking Max and Thor into meeting up again in the process. Max successfully kisses Brixlee while Lucas and Thor re-encounter Hannah and Lily, with the latter being revealed as Soren's sister, who encourage Thor to continue his passion for singing. In the ensuing weeks, Thor lands the role of Stacee Jaxx in the school's production of Rock of Ages, Lucas joins the school's anti-bullying group, and after his relationships with Brixlee and then her friend Taylor end in heartbreak, Max begins dating his classmate Scout. Following a performance of the school musical, Max, Lucas, and Thor reconcile and promise to remain in each other's lives.



On August 16, 2017, it was announced that Seth Rogen's Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe would produce a comedy film together from writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who would both also make their directorial debut. The film was produced by Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Nathan Kahane, and Joe Drake.[9] In March 2018, Jacob Tremblay was cast in the film, titled Good Boys, to which Universal Pictures bought the distribution rights.[10]

The film was shot in Vancouver.[11] Stupnitsky received sole director credit.


Controversy over the making of the film arose when TMZ leaked photos of Keith L. Williams' stand-in substitute in blackface.[12][13][14] Both Williams and his stand-in are African-American, but the latter is light-skinned.[15][16][17] Rogen issued an apology over the controversy.[18][19][20][21]


The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019.[22] Good Boys was theatrically released on August 16, 2019 by Universal Pictures.[23]

Home media[edit]

Good Boys is scheduled to be released on Digital HD on October 29, 2019 and on DVD and Blu-ray on November 12, 2019. [24]


Box office[edit]

As of September 19, 2019, Good Boys has grossed $74.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $18.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $93.1 million.[2][3]

In the United States and Canada, Good Boys was projected to gross $12–15 million from 3,204 theaters in its opening weekend.[25] It made $8.3 million on its first day, including $2.1 million from Thursday night previews. It overperformed and went on to debut to $21 million, becoming the first R-rated comedy since The Boss (April 2016) to finish first at the box office.[26] The film made $11.6 million in its second weekend and $9.5 million in its third, finishing second behind Angel Has Fallen both times.[27][28]

Critical response[edit]

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."[29] 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".[30] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 83% and a 61% "definite recommend."[26]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Good Boys (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Good Boys (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. (March 20, 2018). "Universal Wins 'Good Boys:' Edgy Comedy Stars Joshua Dela Cruz With Eisenberg & Stupnitsky Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 20, 2018). "Universal R-Rated Kids Comedy 'Good Boys' From Seth Rogen's Point Grey Adds Four". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Byrne, Suzy (August 3, 2018). "'I'm terribly sorry': Seth Rogen apologizes for use of blackface on set of 'Good Boys'". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. ^ DeFore, John (March 12, 2019). "'Good Boys': Film Review | SXSW 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Oliver, Ryan (March 12, 2019). "The Raunchy & Undeniably Sweet 'Good Boys' Gets By On The Chemistry Between Its Young Leads [SXSW Review]". The Playlist. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 16, 2017). "Good Universe, Point Grey Board Adolescent Comedy 'Good Boys' From 'The Office' Team". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (March 20, 2018). "Jacob Tremblay to Star in Comedy 'Good Boys' for Universal". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (August 2, 2018). "Seth Rogen movie 'Good Boys' under fire for putting child actor in 'blackface'". The Washington Times. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Shepherd, Jack (August 3, 2018). "Seth Rogen apologises for use of black face on set of new movie Good Boys". The Independent. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Wynne, Kelly (August 1, 2018). "Seth Rogen Film 'Good Boys' Accused Of Putting A Child Actor In Blackface". Newsweek. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Sharf, Zack (August 1, 2018). "Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Production 'Good Boys' Accused of Using Blackface on Stand-In Actor". IndieWire. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Percival, Ash (August 3, 2018). "Seth Rogen Apologises For Use Of Blackface In Production Of New Film 'Good Boys'". HuffPost. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  16. ^ Crabtree, Erin (August 4, 2018). "Seth Rogen Apologizes for Blackface Incident on 'Good Boys' Set: 'This Shouldn't Have Happened'". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Longmire, Becca (August 3, 2018). "Seth Rogen Apologizes After 'Blackface' Backlash On Set Of His Movie 'Good Boys': 'I Won't Give Excuses'". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  18. ^ Romano, Nick (August 4, 2018). "Seth Rogen apologizes for the use of blackface on Good Boys set". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  19. ^ Evans, Morgan M. (August 3, 2018). "Seth Rogen apologizes for use of blackface on 'Good Boys' film set". Fox News. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  20. ^ Papenfuss, Mary (August 3, 2018). "Seth Rogen Apologizes For The Use Of Blackface On 'Good Boys' Set". HuffPost. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  21. ^ Sharf, Zack (August 2, 2018). "Seth Rogen Issues Apology For the Use of Blackface on 'Good Boys' Set: 'This Shouldn't Have Happened'". IndieWire. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  22. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 16, 2019). "SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey to Premiere New Work". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 1, 2018). "Universal Releasing Point Grey's 'Good Boys' In Late Summer 2019". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  24. ^ "Good Boys DVD Release Date". DVDs Release Dates. September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  25. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (August 13, 2019). "With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  26. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 18, 2019). "How Universal Is Reviving The R-Rated Comedy & Making 'Good Boys' Great At The B.O. With A $21M Opening". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  27. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 25, 2019). "'Angel Has Fallen' Still Ascending Close To 'London' With $20M; Tarantino's 'Hollywood' Beating 'Basterds' – Saturday AM B.O." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  28. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 1, 2019). "'Angel Has Fallen' Still In Flight At Sluggish Labor Day Box Office With $16M+ 4-Day". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  29. ^ "Good Boys (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  30. ^ "Good Boys reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 21, 2019.

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