brian-mcgee - March 11, 2019
The "foul mouthed pre-teen" genre more or less went away with the 80s, a time when kids swearing and getting up to no good on film happened on the regular. Leave it to Seth Rogen and his friend and writing/producing partner Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Sausage Party) to bring back that glorious time with their new film Good Boys.
Directed by The Office veteran Gene Stupnitsky, making his feature directorial debut, the film follows the exploits of middle schoolers Max (Room's Jacob Tremblay) and his two buddies played by Brady Noon (Boardwalk Empire) and Keith L. Williams (The Last Man on Earth) as they ditch school for the day. Along the way they get in to all manner of R-rated shenanigans that are, as we're reminded in the trailer's cold open, for adults only.
Essentially, if you're looking for Superbad but with middle schoolers, this is the movie for you. It's hard to say if it'll actually be successful in pulling off the risky gambit of having pre-teens swear a lot, but it seems Rogen is the guy to do it well. We've got a bit of a wait before we'll be able to tell if it's any good as Good Boys opens in North America on August 16.