Good Boys

Good Boys

2019, R, 95 min. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Millie Davis, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Will Forte, Retta, Izaac Wang, Stephen Merchant.

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Every creative mines their childhood. From literature to cinema, the themes of the coming of age trials are timeless and metaphors for transformation. We all experience them in our own particular way, but seen through a larger lens, it becomes clear that while these fits and starts of entering adulthood may be specific to ourselves, there are archetypal moments that remain universal. That is often what the best cinema does: provide filmic links that bring us all together. Alas, it seems that Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and company have created a cottage industry around male arrested development and scatological humor. But in Good Boys, these creatives have dialed back to that cusp of awareness: an awakening of awkward sexuality, of a world that is larger than riding bikes and magical card games. It is a subgenre that has seen a number of stellar entries in the past few years (Lady Bird, Eighth Grade, Call Me by Your Name). And while Good Boys has some interesting moments of reflection, make no mistake that this is a film about fart jokes and having 12-year-olds say “fuck” a lot.

Which is fine. This film does what it says on the box. Good Boys follows a trio of 6th grade friends: Max (Tremblay) harbors a crush on Brixlee (Davis) and is sweating an invitation from the cool kid at school to a kissing party. There is Lucas (Williams), an earnest soul whose parents are going through a divorce, which sends him into a bit of an existential crisis. And then there’s Thor (Noon), a gifted singer who spends the film eschewing his talents until, well, he doesn’t. There’s a quest to the mall to replace a broken drone that Max’s father covets, a plot involving two high school girls, Hannah (Gordon) and Lily (Francis), and a retrieval of drugs that the boys have gotten their hands on, and many (so many) instances of these tweens mistaking sexual paraphernalia (dildos, a sex doll, anal beads, etc.) as more benign objects than their intended uses.

And that’s what the film tries to mine, that cusp between innocence and awareness, but it is more interested in contrived scenarios to set up a joke that, more often than not, falls flat. There are some interesting moments, mostly involving Lucas' heartfelt steadfastness in the wake of his broken family, and Thor’s mild grappling with his singing career, but Max is given the short stick here, hand-wringing over kissing a girl for 90 minutes. Good Boys traffics in the by now trademark humor of the creators’ output: tweens and teenagers engaged in a variety of raunchy shenanigans. I guess they could keep remaking Superbad 'til the end of times, but there is the law of diminishing returns, and I believe we have reached that particular crest, but I have a feeling this wave will never crash.

Showtimes

Mon., Sept. 23

11:00

Tue., Sept. 24

10:00

Wed., Sept. 25

8:05, 10:35

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., Sept. 23

CC/DVS 3:30, 5:50, 8:20

Tue., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:30, 5:50, 8:20

Wed., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 3:30, 5:50, 8:20

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., Sept. 23

digital 3:40, 10:15

Tue., Sept. 24

digital 3:40, 9:50

Wed., Sept. 25

digital 3:40, 10:15

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., Sept. 23

digital 9:45

Tue., Sept. 24

digital 10:20

Wed., Sept. 25

digital 10:20

Thu., Sept. 26

digital 10:20

Mon., Sept. 23

digital 10:35am, 4:25, 10:15

Tue., Sept. 24

digital 10:35am, 4:25, 10:15

Wed., Sept. 25

digital 10:35am, 4:25, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., Sept. 23

digital 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 24

digital 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 25

digital 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 23

digital 11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:15, 9:35

Tue., Sept. 24

digital 11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:15, 9:35

Wed., Sept. 25

digital 11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:15, 9:35

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., Sept. 23

1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 10:30
CC 1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 24

1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 10:00
CC 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., Sept. 25

1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 10:30
CC 1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 26

1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 10:30
CC 1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 10:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Mon., Sept. 23

CC 1:40, 4:10, 6:45

Tue., Sept. 24

CC 1:40, 4:10, 6:45

Wed., Sept. 25

CC 1:40, 4:10, 6:45

Thu., Sept. 26

CC 1:40, 4:10, 6:45

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 23

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25

Wed., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25

Thu., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., Sept. 23

12:15, 2:20, 4:30, 7:25

Tue., Sept. 24

12:15, 2:20, 4:30, 7:25

Wed., Sept. 25

12:15, 2:20, 4:30, 7:25

Thu., Sept. 26

12:15, 2:20, 4:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., Sept. 23

CC/DVS 1:00

Tue., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 1:00

Wed., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 1:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 23

CC/DVS 8:05, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 8:05, 10:25

Wed., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 8:05, 10:25

Thu., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 8:05, 10:25

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Mon., Sept. 23

10:45am, 1:15, 7:25

Tue., Sept. 24

10:45am, 1:15, 7:25

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Mon., Sept. 23

12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 24

12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 25

12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 26

12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:45, 10:00

Tue., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:45, 2:45, 4:20, 6:05, 9:50

Wed., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 12:45, 2:45, 4:20, 6:05, 9:50

Thu., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:45, 2:40, 4:20, 6:15, 10:05

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Good Boys, Gene Stupnitsky, Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Millie Davis, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Will Forte, Retta, Izaac Wang, Stephen Merchant

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