Three boys who are currently in 6th-grade skip school and deal with several surprising situations together. All events start after one of the boys receives an invite to a party which will include a “Kissing Game” and naturally our lead characters become both curious somewhat freaked out by the fact they have never kissed a girl before. What starts as boys investigating how to kiss girls naturally goes to drugs, broken bones, drinking, stealing, and so much more.
A surprising element to Good Boys is that some of the producers behind this film include Seth Rogan & Jonah Hill who both worked/starred in the movie “Superbad”, featured in 2007. I’m guilty to admit that while watching this film, I found several similar elements to Superbad. Instead of 3 High School Students, we have 3 Primary Kids as leads causing mischief.
Where the jokes differ in Good Boy is more on the concept that young 6th graders show more innocence as they make 1st-time discoveries. Not being able to say a sexual word correctly or knowing when they have a sexual object in their hands are just some examples of the jokes here. A minor problem I have with this type of humour is that the formula is repeated over and over again for key laughs through the whole film. It’s also unfortunate that film movie trailer shows the best laughs and by the time I viewed this film, there wasn’t much in regards to the “best jokes” left for in cinema. I can’t deny there’s still some enjoyment here. Perhaps it’s the journey of friendships, growing up and the general feel vibes that make this film more enjoyable than just all the crude and crass jokes.
I must also give credit to the young actors who have given a fun performance on the screen. I can only assume the acts would have been slightly awkward to deliver at times.
Overall, Good Boys does generally deliver good vibes of young friendships and the challenges of being in high school. While the film does have jokes, the method of how our laughs come can feel repetitive. The film’s promotional trailer also revealed far too much which made me feel slightly robbed of the main feature in cinema.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden