Jacob Richardson | 15/09/2019
These boys may be small, but the laughs are big.
Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) are three 6th grade boys who ditch school after two teenage girls break their drone. They embark on an epic journey to get a new replacement drone before Max’s dad gets home from work, all while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by the teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party with some of the coolest kids in 6th grade.
Gene Stupnitsky directs this expletive laden coming of age (a very very young age) tale, and does so with aplomb.
The first thing about Good Boys to understand is that it is bloody hilarious. You’ll be consistently laughing, and at times with the full body shake that accompanies outrageous humour. This is largely down to the razor sharp script, and also to the incredible performances from the three young leads.
There’s little in the way of innovative direction here; instead, Stupnitsky recognises that his most impressive and influential move is to just let the juxtaposition between these three ‘good boys’ and their anti-drug, anti-getting grounded agenda, and the foul mouthed, violent, drug addled script, is the perfect humour base for the film.
All three co-leads do terrifically, although the previously Oscar nominated Tremblay is fat and away the standout. They each have their own moments of greatness, with Williams work in a college frat house particularly memorable.
They are ably supported by a stacked supporting cast who each have moments to shine; Molly Gordon and Mindoro Francis are hilarious as the teenage girls just wanting their drugs back, and Will Forte is knee-slapping funny as Max’s too intimate, then too cruel, father.
The runtime never feels egregious, and the film is shot perfectly adequately to make you feel like this is a big budget flick. In the end, it makes for a remarkably and surprisingly funny comedy that will have you in stitches.
An absolutely hilarious comedy that will keep you laughing throughout.