Review: Good Boys

As someone who is generally not a fan of the “Comedy” genre, I never expected to enjoy the 95 minutes I spent watching Good Boys. I can sincerely say this after seeing it twice.

Sixth-grader Max (Jacob Tremblay) has been invited by Soren (Izaac Wang), one of the cool kids, to attend his first kissing party, where he hopes to plant one on his crush Brixlee (Millie Davis). Eager for pointers, Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams), self-named “The Beanbag Boys” realize that porn isn’t teaching them what they need to know. Together, they use Max’s dad’s drone to spy on the teenage girls next door. As expected, they get caught and it begins a domino effect of plans going wrong one after another. In order to get out of the mess they started, The Beanbag Boys skip school and embark on a journey filled with nothing but continuous bad decisions.

The film is charming and exceptionally funny, playing on the innocence of children while offering a gentle reminder on what it was like growing up. Good Boys takes the opportunity to show kids acting their age and doesn’t try to make them more mature or knowledgeable than one would be at 12. That is what makes the movie so pure. It pokes fun at those painful pubescent years with cursing and light-hearted jokes created by the boys not understanding the meaning of words they used. Their naivety is key. In other words, Good Boys is funny for anyone who does not share their age with the main cast members.

Comedic moments aside, the movie includes positive messages about consent. Most importantly, it puts focus on what happens to childhood friendships as you get older and grow apart. The boys may think they’ll be friends forever, but eventually they will explore past those kindergarten friendships built from their parents being friends, living in close proximity to one another and sharing the same classes.

Good Boys is adorable and twisted at the same time, something viewers will either love or hate.