Much like Superbad did for high school, the Seth Rogan produced, Good Boys, delivers on all of your nostalgic memories from elementary school.
What do you remember about 6th grade? For me it was trying to figure out the strange creatures know as “girls”, my “ride or die” best friends, and long bike treks to the mall, Good Boys delivers on all of it, much like the joy you got when watching your favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters come to life, the new film, from writing team Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is like an absurd time machine to all of the screwed up moments of your yesteryears.
Aside from the fantastic writing, the performances by its three young stars may be the most contributing part to the success of this film. Let’s start with the primary lead, Max, played by the young up and comer, Jacob Tremblay, who at just 12 years old already has a more impressive resume than most seasoned artists. Previously staring in both Room with Brie Larson and Wonder with Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, Tremblay has the unique ability to allow his innocence and acting abilities to overshadow the fact that, as of the posting of this article, is still a “tween”. Catch Tremblay in his next live action performance as fan favorite, Flounder, in The Little Mermaid. Next is Keith L. Williams in the role of Lucas, a parent abiding, anti-drug, sweet boy with the scream that one could only call reminiscent of screeching tires. Keiths only role that I remember is Jasper in The Last Man on Earth starring fellow Good Boys actor, Will Forte. Last, and definitely not least, is Brady Noon who is doing his best Jonah Hill as Seth from Superbad impression if he was a drama nerd and loved to sing. Noon plays Thor who has a hard time fitting in but will do anything for his friends despite repeatedly being told that he only cares about himself.
The premise of Good Boys is simple, naive boys are on the hunt to replace dads toy that they lost/broke and they were strictly forbidden not to play with ie. The Sandlot. It would not surprise me if this movie was pitched to Nickelodeon, turned down, and then “Roganized” to make it suitable for adult audiences.
The third thing that makes this movie work is the comedy and the comedic timing of the boys. They play off of each other so well, and everything they say is so absurd that when you think you’ve met the absurdity ceiling, they say something even more absurd to top it.
So did the world need another raunchy comedy? Probably not, but Good Boys is Rogan’s return to form, and should go down as a comedic classic much like its predecessor Superbad before it. Do yourself a favor, get over the fact that this movie features kids saying horrible things, and enjoy it for what it is, a good filthy comedy.
Good Boys receives a solid 4 out of 5 cushions on the couch. Oh and parents? Leave your kids at home for this one!
In Theaters August 16th 2019
Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.
Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky