Good Boys Stuns the Box Office

Lauren Chandler '20

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Over the summer, The Lion King, Toy Story 4, Annabelle Comes Home, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Ready or Not, and many other movies have proved to be wildly successful, selling out theaters all over the country. But one movie has been a stand out from the rest: Good Boys, directed by Gene Stupnitsky, brought in $21 million in its opening weekend, and sold over 2.3 million tickets in just one week. 

The film, featuring young stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon, highlights the struggles of being a sixth grader through adult humor and countless comedic scenes. After being invited to a kissing party by a popular sixth grader, Max (Jacob Tremblay) decides to bring along his two best friends, Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) but thinks they need some practice before they attend. To prepare, Max and the other two “Beanbag Boys” Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) decide to steal Max’s father’s drone to spy on their older neighbor, Hannah (Molly Gordon), who could potentially decide to kiss her boyfriend.

The boys are caught, however, and their drone is stolen. From there, the boys take on a wild adventure; skipping school, crossing the highway on foot, stealing from convenience stores, intruding a frat house, and more, all to avoid being grounded for the missing drone. 

Over the course of the movie, the boys get a taste of various elements of adult life; money, drugs, and romance, all while maintaining their innocence and lack of knowledge of the adult world. While the audience understands many of the mature jokes hidden within the movie, the boys themselves don’t, which is very humorous and leaves the viewers laughing endlessly.

The film may also remind some of the time in their life when they first entered middle school, and all of the coming-of-age moments that came with taking on their teen years. This gives the viewer a warm feeling of nostalgia, while still incorporating humor into each and every scene.

This movie, in my opinion, is perfect for anyone looking for a lighthearted comedy, and is a great way to unwind with friends over the weekend. The chaotic plot, hilarious adult humor, and classic coming-of-age moments are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing throughout the entire film.