Good Boys (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gene Stupnitsky|
|Music by||Lyle Workman|
|Edited by||Daniel Gaby|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$93.1 million|
Good Boys is a 2019 American 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.
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.
- Jacob Tremblay as Max
- Keith L. Williams as Lucas
- Brady Noon as Thor
- Molly Gordon as Hannah
- Midori Francis as Lilly
- Izaac Wang as Soren
- Millie Davis as Brixlee
- Josh Caras as Benji
- Will Forte as Max's dad
- Mariessa Portelance as Max's mom
- Lil Rel Howery as Lucas' dad
- Retta as Lucas' mom
- Michaela Watkins as Saleswoman
- Christian Darrel Scott as Marcus
- Macie Juiles as Taylor
- Chance Hurtsfield as Atticus
- Enid-Raye Adams as Thor's mom
- Sam Richardson as Officer Sacks
- Benita Ha as Soren's mother
- Alexander Calvert as Daniel
- Lina Renna as Annabelle
- Zoriah Wong as Scout
- Lee Eisenberg as Leigh Eisenberg
- Stephen Merchant as Claude
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. In March 2018, Jacob Tremblay was cast in the film, titled Good Boys, to which Universal Pictures bought the distribution rights.
Controversy over the making of the film arose when TMZ leaked photos of Keith L. Williams' stand-in substitute in blackface. Both Williams and his stand-in are African-American, but the latter is light-skinned. Rogen issued an apology over the controversy.
In the United States and Canada, Good Boys was projected to gross $12–15 million from 3,204 theaters in its opening weekend. 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. 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.
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". 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."
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