I enjoyed ‘Good Boys’ and laughed nonstop through its 90-minute runtime but I don’t think this will become a modern comedy classic like its predecessors ‘Booksmart’ and ‘Superbad.’
Best friends Max, Jacob Tremblay (“Room”, “The Predator“), Lucas, Keith L. Williams (“Last Man on Earth (TV)”), and Thor, Brady Noon (“Boardwalk Empire (TV)”) lives are turned upside down when Max is invited by the popular 6th graders to a ‘Kissing Party.’
Max coerces Lucas and Thor to join him in going to the party so that he can kiss his crush, Brixlee (“Orphan Black (TV)”, “Wonder“). Like every teen movie that came before it, hijinks ensue!
There are a few side adventures that happen in the film, but the main focus is on the ‘Kissing Party’ and Max needing to replace his Dad’s, Will Forte (“MacGruber”, “SNL (TV)”) damaged drone along the way.
As much fun as I had watching the film, there are some overbearing flaws that stop the movie from becoming something more memorable, one of which was the script.
Written by writing partners Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, (Stupnitsky also directed the film) who are known for writing classic episodes of “The Office” and “Hello Ladies”. The two have the comedic background, which is why it was so funny, but the emotional scenes felt rushed.
It’s like the script had an “Insert sad scene here” followed by “funny quip” which took the feeling out of said scenes. Nothing could sit and settle with the audience for too long.
The cast bring their A-games and are cast perfectly with the Oscar-nominated Trembly as the veteran in this group of youngsters. He hits his lines with great comedic timing, Which I hope he can consider comedy as a counter to his more dramatic roles.
Williams and Noon both do great jobs with their characters and Williams comes away as the scene-stealer. Every time they need a reaction, the camera pans to Williams which he owns every time.
These kids bring a lot of heart to every scene and the movie is a lot better for it. They are the central characters and co-stars Lil Rel (“Get Out”), Sam Richardson (“Veep (TV)”), Stephen Merchant (“Logan“), Retta (“Parks and Recreation (TV)”), and Forte never take the focus away from the kids.