Good Boys (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gene Stupnitsky|
|Music by||Lyle Workman|
|Edited by||Daniel Gaby|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$23.1 million|
Good Boys is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Gene Stupnitsky, in his directorial debut, who co-wrote the script with Lee Eisenberg. The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith Williams, and tells the story of the misadventures of three sixth-graders who try to impress their classmates by attending a party. 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.
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Max is a hormonal middle school kid whose father is going on a business trip. He tells Max not to touch his drone while he is gone as it's for his work and not a toy. One day, Max, Thor and Lucas, who call themselves "The Bean Bag Boys", play a card game which Lucas wins by using a rare card all three bought together. The 3 then go to a local skate park so that Max can see his school crush Brixlee. Lucas goes home to discover that his parents are getting a divorce. When Max and Thor run into popular kids from their school at the skate park, it's revealed that they have bought alcohol and are taking turns having sips of the beer to do under aged drinking. Although Max and the other kids have sips, Thor refuses, after which Atticus gives him the mean nickname of "sippy cup".
In music class, Thor reveals his amazing singing voice and wants to sign up for a musical play for the school, but, backs out when he hears that Atticus says that the play is stupid. At lunch, Lucas tries to hide his sadness over his parents' divorce. Max is invited by popular kid Soren to his party, who tells Max that it will end up being a kissing party and that Brixlee will be there. Max tries to get Lucas and Thor invited. Soren reluctantly agrees. The boys realize none of them know how to kiss. They try to look online for how to kiss, but, end up watching porn and become horrified by what they see. They try to kiss what they think is a CPR doll (which is actually a sex doll), but, find it repulsive when they do kiss it. The boys eventually decide that they will spy on Max's neighbor, college student Hannah, to learn how to kiss.
In Hannah's backyard, she meets up with her old friend Lily where they plan to go to a concert and use drugs together. When Hannah's boyfriend Benji arrives to give them the drugs, he also demands too much of Hannah's time. When Hannah says he's asking too much of her, they break up. Although initially reluctant, Max decides to use his dad's work drone to spy on Hannah, as it has a camera. When they spy on Hannah, Thor tries to take control of the drone mid-flight, causing it to fall into Hannah's grasp. Max panics. The boys try to retrieve the drone from Hannah, at first lying about spying on them. They admit the truth after falling into a trap. Hannah tells them that she won't give back the drone as payback for the boys not respecting her privacy.
Thor reveals that he stole Hannah's purse and suggest trading it with her and Lily for the drone. Hannah calls them on Lily's phone, agreeing to an exchange. The next day before school, Hannah reveals that she always intended to return the drone and was just teaching the boys a lesson. The boys discover that there were drugs in the purse the entire time. The boys try to retrieve the drone without giving back the drugs, as they don't want it in their neighborhood. They command the drone to fly out of Hannah's hands, but, it accidentally crashes into an oncoming bus. The boys run away to school. The girls get there first and are able to get past them with help from the school's anti-bullying force rush into a bathroom. The boys decide to ditch school to go to a mall 4 miles away to get a new drone so that they won't get grounded and are still able to go to the party. When they arrive at Thor's house, the boys decide to sell their rare card to get the money for the drone.
Max, Thor and Lucas decide to use what they think are Thor's parent's weapons to defend themselves, in case the buyer ends up being a pedophile. The "weapons" are actually sex toys. When the buyer arrives, the boys use the sex doll to pretend that Thor's mom is home. They almost sell the card, until Lucas backs out as he sees the card as a symbol of The Bean Bag Boy's friendship. The buyer then finds out about the sex doll and buys that from the boys, instead. Flush with money, the boys set out on their bikes for the mall while also packing the sex toy weapons and a paintball gun in case they come across trouble. Hannah and Lily find them by tracking the GPS on Hannah's phone. Lily chases the boys. Lucas crashes and dislocates his arm. When Lily catches up to them, although she asks if Lucas is alright, Max tells the witnesses around them that Lily is their babysitter who tried to sexually assault them. Lily denies the false allegation and runs back to Hannah's car.
Max and Thor get rid of Hannah's phone and shove Lucas' arm back into place. When the boys go into a convenience store to get medicine for Lucas, Thor tries to steal a beer for the party to prove that he's cool to the popular kids. A police officer arrives at the store and catches them in the act and steals back the beer and the drugs. The boys are able to escape by locking the store door behind them with a dildo, after which Thor reveals that he hid a second beer in his jacket. The boys soon arrive at a highway with slow-moving traffic. They are able to make it halfway across ,until they get distracted by a text and the traffic picks up again. They make it across, but, also cause a traffic accident to occur(no one is injured), after which they head straight to the mall, only to discover that Hannah and Lily already bought the drone first(after overhearing the boys' plans)and left them a note.
When the boys reveal to Hannah and Lily that they no longer have their drugs, they make a deal to get more from Benji, with Hannah telling them not to mention her name. While on the way to Benji's frat house to get more drugs, the boys start to question if they are friends with each other because they like each other or if it's just because they've known each other since kindergarten, all of their parents are friends and they live close to each other. While discussing their ideas of friendship with Hannah and Lily, the girls tell them that Lily kissed a girl at their own first middle school kissing party. Once they arrive at Benji's frat house the boys almost get the drugs, until Lucas is startled by a blow horn and reveals that Hannah sent them. Benji angrily demands that they leave, when Max pulls out the paintball gun. Benji says he really doesn't care if he sells them the drugs and decides to sell the drugs and get the money. When Benji is about to hand them the drugs, the blow horn goes off again. Max accidentally shoots Benji and causes a massive fight within the house.
The boys escape with the drugs and trade it with Hannah and Lily for the new drone. On the way home, Max gets a call from his father who got an early flight back and will be home within 15 minutes. Lucas tells Max not to panic, as the drone needed to get back to the house, not Max himself. Max flies the drone back home through the chimney (as the windows are closed), covering the camera with ash and distorting Max's view. The drone returns to its proper place, after causing massive damage to the house before it landed. When Max's dad calls and tells him he was grounded, The Bean Bag Boys argue. Max reveals that he got Thor and Lucas invited to Soren's party and with that, break up their friendship. Max returns home and covers up for their antics. He loses all of his parents' trust and respect, as well as being severely punished. Lucas tells his parents everything. They just think he's making it up, due to being stressed out from their divorce, and give him some advice on learning to let things go.
Lucas tricks Max and Thor into attending the party together. Thor breaks Soren's record of taking 3 sips of beer by taking 4. Max is finally properly introduced to Brixlee. When the kissing is about to start, Lucas quits after seeing one kiss and goes to play virtual reality games upstairs. When Brixlee spins the bottle, it ends up on Thor. He, too, goes upstairs, as he knows how Max feels about Brixlee and doesn't want to betray him. When Atticus sees this as another act of Thor's cowardice, Max stands up for Thor with Thor telling Max that his earlier statement of Thor holding himself back because of what others think of him was correct. He encourages Max to kiss Brixlee as he leaves, which Max does. Once upstairs, Thor and Lucas run into a drug-induced Hannah and Lily where Lily reveals she is Soren's sister and talks with Thor. Lily convinces him to sing for her, Hannah and Lucas, and for him to try to get another chance to audition for the school play, despite missing the deadline for the auditions.
Eventually, The Bean Bag Boys go their separate ways. Thor gets another chance to audition and gets the school play's lead role. Lucas becomes a member of the school's anti-bullying force and makes new friends within the group. Meanwhile, Max endures his now grim home life. His punishment eventually ends and he and Brixlee become a couple. Their relationship doesn't last long. She dumps him, but, he soon finds a new girlfriend. That relationship doesn't last long, either. Max gets dumped again and becomes even sadder when he sees them together in what is implied to be a lesbian relationship. Once the school play premieres, Max meets a new girlfriend named Scout and they become a couple. The play is a great success, with the entire school cheering Thor on as he performs. While at the after party for the play at Thor's house, The Bean Bag Boys reunite, with them admitting that although each of their new lives are going well, they all miss each other and that even though they don't spend as much time together as they used to, they will always be there for each other when it counts the most. Before Max and Lucas leave the party, Thor shows them an indoor swing on which they play until Thor's little sister Annabelle tells them the swing is used for sex.
- Jacob Tremblay as Max
- Brady Noon as Thor
- Keith L. Williams as Lucas
- Will Forte as Max's father
- Molly Gordon as Hannah
- Midori Francis as Lily
- Josh Caras as Benji
- Christian Darrel Scott as Marcus
- Lil Rel Howery as Lucas' father
- Sam Richardson as Officer Sacks
- Retta as Lucas' mother
- Millie Davis as Brixlee
- Chance Hurtsfield as Atticus (VF: Robin Soysa)
- Izaac Wang as Soren (VF: Kawan Augusto)
- Benita Ha as Soren's mother
- Michaela Watkins as Saleswoman
- 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.
Good Boys was theatrically released on August 16, 2019 by Universal Pictures. As of August 18, 2019[update], Good Boys has grossed $21 million in the United States and Canada, and $2.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $23.1 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Blinded by the Light, Where'd You Go, Bernadette and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, and 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 slightly 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.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 80% based on 150 reviews, with an average rating of 6.65/10. 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 39 reviews and assessed 24 as positive, 12 as mixed, and 3 as negative. Using a weighted average of the reviews, it gave the film has a 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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