Good Boys is a whimsical comedy for mature audiences

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Good Boys is a whimsical comedy for mature audiences

Throughout the film industry, films with aspirations of comedic success are produced in great quantity. Often times, the films simply fall short and the attempts to make a whimsical, entertaining movie wind up a total bust. But when a hilarious group of kids are brought together with a quirky script and unique plot, the outcome proves to be a comedic victory. In Gene Stupnitsky’s hit comedy Good Boys, a group of three innocent best friends are able to provide mature viewers a stomach-churning laugh for an hour and a half as they make their way through a naughty weekend. 

Max, Thor, and Lucas (Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams) are typical, innocent sixth-grade boys. Falling towards the lower end of the social status of their school, the boys are rudely awakened to the world of maturing, and their boyhood is quickly tossed out the window. 

As the raunchy comedy unfolds, the boys suddenly find themselves buried under a mountain of trouble that must be destroyed before they run out of time. Kissing, alcohol, drugs, and an abundance of swear words encircle themselves around the all-too-innocent trio who wouldn’t nearly be old enough to watch their own movie in the end. 

The eccentric comedy within Good Boys is able to encompass the essence of being young, clueless, and confused all while providing an endless stream of laughs to its viewers.”

As the plot evolves, the scenes of Good Boys fill themselves with easy, dumb laughs stemming from the boys’ coming-of-age adventures. Kissing parties, attempted shoplifts, and impromptu paintball battles implement a fast-paced script that is full of surprises to keep the audience awaiting the characters’ next decisions. 

Written by Lee Eisenburg and Stupinsky, the film attaches its values to the boys’ clueless naivete within the realm of R-rated issues that arise in today’s world as we age. The trio is stunned when their eyes are opened to the real world, and the utopia of their childhood slowly trails far behind them. 

Although Max, Thor, and Lucas fall into childish rebellion at points throughout the film, the movie is able to provide the audience with a lesson in parenthood alongside the laughs it serves. The directors stress the devastation and guilt felt by the characters when their curiosity gets the best of them. The boys wind up admitting to their faults numerous times throughout the film, providing a refreshing view of what the men of the future will look like in society. 

Although the leading roles are assigned to primarily young children, the movie is certainly only about kids—not for them. Inscribed into the script are aspects of adult life and maturing that no child needs to be exposed to at a young, impressionable age. 

The eccentric comedy within Good Boys is able to encompass the essence of being young, clueless, and confused all while providing an endless stream of laughs to its viewers. Anyone in search of breath-restricting jokes and scenes would find this droll comedy an exhilarating and charming watch for any night at home.

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