The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal – 2019
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 89 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Midori Francis
Directed by: Gene Stupinsky
Music by: Lyle Workman
Written by: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupinsky
Region Code: A,B,C
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for the long-awaited “kissing party” that has led to their problems.
After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn’t know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) decide to use Max’s dad’s drone – which Max is forbidden to touch – to spy on a teenage couple making out next door. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max’s dad gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions involving some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and two terrifying teenage girls.
Okay, I have to admit that the trailer for Good Boys instantly hooked me. Add the presence of Jacob Tremblay and I had high hopes for a decent comedy. Alright, to begin with, this is NOT a film for everyone. As you might expect from producers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, crassness and sexual innuendo run rampant. Moreover, hearing some of this coming from the mouths of preteen boys, such as the aforementioned Jacob Tremblay, could make it all the more difficult to swallow.
So, now that’s out of the way. Good Boys is based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron is really not about anything other than taking a glimpse of the world through the eyes of three precocious middle school boys whose problems, at least to them, are monumental. In this case it comes down to dealing with the impending divorce of parents, a first kiss and being true to who you are. Of course, this comes wrapped in a package that includes adult subject matter involving situations and references that in most cases fly well above the radar of the three young lads but, their interpretation of what they are, and mean, is where many of the film’s best moments can be found.
I know that as adults we would want to believe that kids of this age know nothing of sex, drugs and the entanglements that can come along with them. Truth be told they know more than we give them credit for. Of course, there are many gray areas surrounding their understanding and the film really points this out without talking down to the audience but, instead allowing the situational humor and candor be the guide. The three primary actors in Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon absolutely carry the film, handling the intricacies of the subject matter on nearly every level.
I watched the film with my wife who didn’t find it as funny as I did. Were there uncomfortable moments? Yeah, but that didn’t make them any less well executed or chuckle inducing. Once you get past the fact that the are going to over the top and overtly crass situations surrounding these kids, the rest happens naturally. The result is a pretty entertaining coming of age buddy comedy that works more often than not. If you can past its somewhat distasteful first bite Good Boys is a well-balanced and filling meal.
The rating is for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout all involving tweens.
AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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- DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Good Boys comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.
This video presentation delivered satisfactory overall quality that included appreciable refinement and subtle degrees of delineation that resulted in a gratifying high definition viewing experience. Colors and fleshtones appear natural with ample saturation and vivid textures. Black levels are respectable and depth of field/delineation during low light sequences is rarely a problem. I didn’t detect any noteworthy anomalies or artifacts.
This DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound track is cracking good, and delivers crystal clear sound that is rich in sonic detail and effortless dynamics. Excellent tonal balance makes pans across the left, center and right channels appear seamless. Bass reproduction is taut and on occasion exhibits a robust low end. The mix makes frequent use of the surrounds to reproduce the discrete and ambient sounds contained within the soundtrack. I enjoyed the enveloping nature of the audio and felt that the integration between the front and rear soundstages was spot on.
- • UNRATED ALTERNATE ENDING
• UNRATED DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
• GAG REEL
• BOYS FOR REAL – A look into the casting process and real-life friendships that evolved on-set.
• WELCOME TO VANCOUVER – Watch as Jacob Tremblay shows off some of his favorite things about his home town.
• A FINE LINE – Hear filmmakers and cast discuss how the film’s stars delivered such colorful dialogue
• without necessarily knowing what the words mean.
• ASK YOUR PARENTS – Cast and filmmakers talk about how they were able to navigate
• adult questions from curious child actors.
• BAD GIRLS – Molly Gordon and Midori Francis discuss how they were able to ramp up the mean, and how Annabelle was able to raise the comedy stakes.
• GUEST STARS – Take a closer look at some of the hilarious guest stars that lent their unique talents to the film.
• FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR & CO-WRITER GENE STUPNITSKY AND PRODUCER & CO-WRITER LEE EISENBERG
- Digital Code
Good Boys is based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron and is a shocking, funny and well executed comedy that is clearly aimed at an adult audience. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video mated with a solid supplemental package. Good Boys isn’t for everyone but, is perfect for genre fans that revel in something that pushes the envelope. In that light, it’s highly recommended viewing on Blu-ray.
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