Some Inappropriate, Cheap Laughs Paired with a Charming Story of Adolescent Friendship- Good Boys (2019) Review
Good Boys is the 2019 film, starring tween-actors Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, and Jacob Tremblay. This adorable trio plays Lucas, Thor, and Max, also knows as "The Bean bag Boys." They've just started middle school, and they slowly begin to realize the changes you go through as puberty hits and you and your friends slowly lose interest in the same things.
This film heavily contains sexual jokes that rely on the children's innocence and their mis-defining what these sexual items/words mean to be funny. Hidden beyond that, though, this film also contains jokes and moments that whole-heartedly sum up many emotions that teenage boys experience once they've been made aware of the social hierarchy of preteen and higher years. It also highlights the importance of childhood friendship, how it shapes your foundation, and how hard it can be to hold on to- as physical, mental, and emotional changes pull you in different directions.
"The Bean bag Boys" have just started middle school, and they have already found themselves at the "quirky," "uncool" level of middle school social status, which is right above the anti-bullying squad but not high enough to be deemed "fun" to hangout with. Max, however, is passable for the cool kids, and is welcomed with open-arms after he is convinced to drink a sip of beer. Afterwards, Max convinces his friends that it is crucial they go to the "kissing party" being thrown by Soren (Izaac Wang) so that he can kiss the love of his life, Brixlee (Millie Davis.)
Although the film can do without (most) of the sexual references for cheap laughs, it has some genuinely funny scenes and heartfelt moments that- almost- remind me of once upon a time. As Max and his friends deal with a whole new set of problems placed before them, they slowly begin to realize how different they have been growing to be, and that friendship revolves not solely around spending every moment with the same people, but it mostly matters that you're there for the important things and you support each other.
Through all of the unrealistic, and sometimes funny, predicaments these children find themselves in, the highlight of this film definitely revolved around the rules and anti-drug campaign loving Lucas. If my future son doesn't end up like him, then I don't want him. Lucas was the ever un-influenced friend, who stayed true to his characters and was always honest.
This film has been received with apprehension, especially on social media, and for good reason, but I do think it was a fun film to watch, with great highlights and genuine laughs inbetween all the chaos.
Jacindable Rating: ★★½