12-year-olds Max, Lucas, and Thor, collectively known as “The Bean Bag Boys,” are on a quest to learn how to perform one of the most difficult tasks in a man’s life: kiss a girl. The only obstacles standing in their way: child-proof bottles, frat bros, and highway traffic.
Raunchy comedies are my favorite kind of comedy, and it’s rare that we see one as endearing as Good Boys. The film is a lot like one of Rogen’s earlier projects, Superbad, but this time is set in middle school. The humor is rooted in the innocent and naïve, however tainted, nature of the boys as they encounter things designed for adults, such as anal beads and MDMA. Their collective reactions to these objects are quite hilarious, but it is their conflicting push for maturity while staying true to themselves that drives the film above and beyond its peers. I think we all can harken back to a time where we reached that tipping point of childhood into the teenage years, where the world began looking a whole lot different; we all at some point were Max, Lucas, and Thor. And that is the real strength of Good Boys, it’s relatability, for while our experiences might not have been as dramatic, we can see ourselves in the characters’ positions.
Good Boys is consistently funny, surprisingly touching, and the kid actors are a lot of fun. I give the film two thumbs up. 8/10