Good Boys

MOVIE REVIEW: How BAD is “Good Boys” (& Parent Review)

Remember when you were about 11 or 12-years-old and were suddenly expected to know everything? It happened right around middle school, when you could still comfortably sit in a child-sized desk but your peers inexplicably became familiar with sex, drugs and other decidedly adult things. It forced you to either fake knowledge or be labeled a “baby,” even though you had no real interest in that stuff anyhow.
I remember that time clearly because my incorrect use of the word “organism” made my friends laugh until they heaved.
That is Good Boys in a nutshell.
We find Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) as they navigate the treacherous waters of puberty. Max is invited to a popular kid’s party, but struggles to choose between social status and his best buds. This sets the pack on a journey that might only be 4-miles, but it still changes them all in unexpected ways.
If the trailer for Good Boys makes you uncomfortable, know that no children are emotionally or physically harmed in this film (except that shoulder incident). The humor actually comes from the grosser aspects of adulthood, but seen through the eyes of innocence. Our main characters consistently rise above the nastiness, but usually because they aren’t fully aware of it. That’s not the case when it comes to profanity though, which the boys wield like masters. This might be jarring to some but, as a parent, I can assure you it’s pretty close to reality.
The end result is a shallow but surprisingly sweet film about friendship, growing up and the inevitable sunset of innocence. Good Boys might even be the perfect back-to-school film for parents, to remind us that growing up hasn’t changed that much since we did it. Well, expect for all that porb. (B)
PARENT REVIEW: Good Boys is about kids and it’s certainly a film they would enjoy, but I strongly encourage parents to see it before taking anyone under 15 (heck…maybe even older). This movie is rated R by the MPAA for “strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout – all involving tweens.” That means anal beads, dildos and sex dolls, along with shots of 13-year-olds drinking beer (and clearly not enjoying it). There is graphic sex talk and descriptions of sex acts from the mouths of children, who are usually wrong about what they’re describing. It’s hilarious when you’re sitting with your adult friends, but it will get awkward if you bring your 13-year-old. I won’t be taking either one of my kids to Good Boys, but they’ll probably just sneak-watch when it comes on cable anyway.


  1. Julie, It’ll be interesting to see how these three boys take and react to the film in say, 20 years. Only life experiences can educate them as to what they truly did and why. They claim they were clueless as to what the toys were and it sure showed. I guess keeping the boys in the dark as to the uses of then made it easier for them to act. Loved your review!

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