This year hasn’t been a particularly strong one for comedies so far. So at the end of the summer season, Hollywood is handing it off to the next generation to bring big laughs with the release of Good Boys. The R-rated comedy follows the misadventures of three 12-year-old boys who are ridden with the anxieties of being invited to a “kissing party” without ever have kissed a girl, crossing freeways, coming across sex toys and yelling F-bombs along the way.
The reviews are officially in for Good Boys ahead of its release this Friday,l and overall it has landed in the good graces of critics. Let’s start off with CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg, who awarded the movie with 4 out of 5 stars in his review. Check out his thoughts:
He was impressed with the combination of hilarious comedic moments, emotional scenes and standout performances from young actors Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams. Their characters, who call themselves “The Beanbag Gang,” had him laughing from beginning to end, and these days that’s a tough find in movies.
Indiewire’s Eric Kohn also enjoyed Good Boys, comparing it to Superbad. Considering the writers of the 2007 classic, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were producers on this release, it’s no wonder why. Here’s what Kohn said in his review:
Because Good Boys flips Superbad on its head and is told from the perspective of middle-schoolers, it finds a fresh angle to the raunchy bro comedy. Kohn also said there are plenty of “aww” moments to witness with the boys.
However, not every critic shared his enthusiasm for the movie’s bit. Check out the words of Guardian’s Kristy Puchko in her 3 star review:
The Guardian writer found the jokes to get tiresome midway through the movie as it’s a whole lot of the same types of quips. This is certainly something to keep in mind, as not every moviegoer will find its humor endearing. However, she did say Good Boys redeems itself in the third act when the movie focuses on the characters over crudeness.
Variety’s Dennis Harvey was also unimpressed with Good Boys specific brand on comedy. Here’s what he said:
It looks like whether the comedy strikes you as funny is up to your personal taste. “Clever” or not, Den of Geek’s Rosie Fletcher found this aspect of the film to be its best strength:
The three kids lead Good Boys with earnestness and believability and it’s what grounds the comedy into something special, per Fletcher’s words. It’s not just about filthy mouths and gross gags, it has heart at its center!
Good Boys hits theaters this weekend alongside other new releases Angry Birds Movie 2, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Blinded By The Light and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Will you be checking out Good Boys this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
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