We all know that we weren’t always the best when we were kids. We got up to things we were not supposed to, and likely managed to drive our parents a little bit crazy. However, such is life and you’re only a child once – so who can blame us for making the most of it, right? Well, in Good Boys, we see what happens when a trio of friends goes above and beyond the madness of most kids, with hilarious results.
The film centres around a group of friends who call themselves “The Beanbag Boys”. Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) are best friends and the start of the sixth grade has them nervous. They want to be cool, they want to fit in – something that hasn’t always been their strong suit. However, when the coolest kid in school Soren (Izaac Wang) invites Max to a party at his place, which will be a kissing party. Max asks if Lucas and Thor can come too because they’re his best friends. Soren doesn’t seem too keen on the idea, but he eventually agrees to have the others attend, despite calling them “random”.
An excited Max tells his friends about the party they’d be going to on the weekend and it dawns on them that they’ve never kissed anyone before. Max has his heart set on kissing his crush, Brixlee (Millie Davis) and he doesn’t want to seem lame by not knowing how to kiss. In an effort to get some pointers, The Beanbag Boys use Max’s dad’s drone to spy on his neighbour, Hannah (Molly Gordon) and her boyfriend, Benji (Josh Caras) to catch them in the act. However, the tables are turned when Hannah and her best friend, Lily (Midori Francis) see the drone and catch it in the backyard. As the boys were forbidden from touching the drone in the first place, the trio set off on a mission to get it back. What starts as a day of cutting school to get the drone back, turns into a chain of bad decisions, nonsense and laughs.
The cast that was brought together for this movie was great. Tremblay, Williams and Noon were great in their respective roles and all three showed their acting chops in this film. From the funny moments to the serious and heartfelt ones, all three actors were amazing and I cannot wait to see them in their next films. From the main characters to the supporting cast, all the actors in Good Boys were great. Retta and Lil Rel Howery as the parents of Lucas were both hilarious in the short amount of screen time they had and the same could be said for Will Forte who played Max’s dad. Gordon and Francis were just as funny as the girls next door who try to teach the boys about respecting women, invading people’s privacy and that kissing parties aren’t a big deal. Everyone played their parts to perfection and made the best of whatever amount of time they had in the film.
Written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (who also directed the film), Good Boys was a perfect amount of hilariousness, ridiculousness and friendship. The script did a good job of giving the audience genuine laughs, even though some of the happenings did straddle the line of ridiculous. However, as ridiculous as some of the moments might be, you could still see the events happening to a group as young and unlucky as The Beanbag Boys. But the best part of the film might just be what is at its core. Yes, it is a comedy that is filled with many hilarious scenarios, however it does a wonderful job at showing the true meaning of friendship. Friends grow up and might grow apart, but true friends are always there for the big things and moments that make life special. True friends have your back no matter what and they support you through what you want to do – whether it’s an anti-bullying club, or being the lead in the school musical, your true friends will have your back.
If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh hysterically, be sure to check out Good Boys in theaters this weekend!