In the world of film, it is very rare to find any actor, director or producer that has been a part of three successful films critically and commercially, let alone three in a row.
Some of the greatest directors, producers and actors of all time were not able to put together three movies in a row that panned out critically and commercially. Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather,” “The Godfather Part 2,” “Apocalypse Now”) is considered one of the greatest producers of all time, but these aforementioned movies are his only hits, and they were made years apart from each other. Seth Rogen, comedy extraordinaire, has managed to achieve this coveted trifecta. The funny part? He has done this while producing AND acting. Rogen played the lead alongside Charlize Theron in “Long Shot” and voiced Pumbaa in “The Lion King” live-action remake. The third and final piece of the trifecta is “Good Boys,” which Rogen produced. It is safe to say that the same man who appeared in comedy classics like “Pineapple Express” and “Knocked Up” is ready to make moviegoers laugh uncontrollably once again with this solid flick.
At first glance, it would be easy to mistake “Good Boys” as a movie that takes advantage of its child actors by making them do things that you would not associate kids doing, like swearing (a la “Bad News Bears”), in order to make the audience laugh. What makes this movie different is that the volume of the swear words and the antics put on by the main characters is cranked up ten notches. The obscenity and the vulgarity that some of the scenes bestows upon the audience is nothing short of what you would find in a Dave Chapelle standup or in the basement of a fraternity house party. It will make you cover your mouth in disbelief, and that is what this movie needed to make the audience do to be great.
The standouts here include the trio of child actors. The chemistry is apparent on-screen between the three and it is refreshing to see up and coming actors work so well together so early in their careers. Even with all the profane humor that “Good Boys” serves on a platter, it has plenty of moments filled with heart. Watching these boys go through all of these insane tasks made me reminisce of the times when I would get into trouble with all of my buddies without our parents knowing. Movies that can bring you back to your childhood memories is nothing short of incredible, and “Good Boys” delivers these flashbacks in spades. With comedies, it is really hard to draw the line between meaningless comedy and comedy with a purpose. “Good Boys” perfectly spins this tale into a movie that delivers the laughs, but at the same time, tickles the emotional funny bone as well. Just like “Booksmart,” “Good Boys” proves that a crude and raunchy comedy can be thoughtful and pure at the same time.
Drake Vittitow is a junior majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org