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REVIEW: Good Boys is a funny, sweet, rude, explicit romp that’s DEFINITELY not for kids

Do you remember your final year of primary school?

Chances are everything was changing. Your school, your life and, more than likely, those pesky hormones were starting to surge causing both magic and mayhem.

Good Boys, the new movie from the team who gave us Sausage Party and Pineapple Express, explores this time of life in their own unique way. And just in case you haven’t noted the R rating, this movie about kids is most definitely not a movie for kids.

Max (Tremblay), Lucas (Williams) and Thor (Noon) are childhood besties who’ve been invited to their first ‘kissing party’ and with Max in the throes of a full-blown crush on the adorable Brixlee (Davis), the three boys set out to learn how to kiss.

As kids these days tend to do, the word porn is typed into an internet browser, setting off a chain of events that will see the youngsters, among other things, use a drone to spy on neighbour Hannah (Gordon), inadvertently carry illegal drugs, find and hilariously utilise a stash of sex toys, be chased around town by teenage girls and deal with the local drug-dealing frat boys.

And all this happens before they even get to the party!

Should I watch it?

This movie could easily have slipped into a slimy sludge of ickiness and awkwardness, but its charm lies with the enduring innocence of its three young leads.

The boys, while desperately trying to be cool and grown-up, in many of the situations clearly have no idea what they are looking at (the array of sex toys retrieved from a parent’s hidden stash, for example.)

And it’s not feigned innocence which would tarnish the entire adventure. The innocence is genuine and a little bit adorable.

Each is struggling with growing up and the irony is the smallest and youngest looking of the three, Max, seems to be the only boy actually interested in kissing girls. But they’re all in this together.

The laughs come thick and fast, sometimes despite yourself, as the boys navigate the circumstances they find themselves in.

Some of the jokes are ridiculous and fall flat but most of the time, you’ll either relate to them or you’ll be wondering what your own kids were up to when they were 12!

Or maybe both.

Good Boys is funny, sweet, rude, explicit and towards the end, tinged with sadness as you realise this kissing party will prove the catalyst for changes in their seemingly solid bonds.

But it’s not sad sad, it’s a wistful sad because we all have to grow up and sometimes, childhood thoughts and ideas are shed in the process.

4 stars

Running Time:  90 minutes
Release Date:  In cinemas now
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Millie Davis

Written by Sue Ellen

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