REVIEW: ‘Good Boys’—this summer success will take you back to middle school



Keith L. Williams, at left, Jacob Tremblay and Brady Noon in “Good Boys.” [Universal Pictures]

William Becker, Staff Writer

“Good Boys” is a perfect image of the transition between childhood and teenage years. It has this odd sort of nostalgia that is represented by an awkward, clunky sense of juvenile humor that never feels too over the top like “Sausage Party” or most things Adam Sandler has done since 1999. “Good Boys” represents that time in life when you discover how to google naked women, that girls do not have cooties, that you will not get arrested if you swear and that you do not know nearly as much about being an adult as you think you do. 

The humor is in your face, shocking and extremely outrageous, but the heart of the movie comes from the fact that not every character is simply there for laughs: it has a real meaning and a real message about confidence and friendship. Each of the three main characters reacts in a believable way to their outlandish journey that is full of drugs, pornography, cursing and stealing beer. It is very much “Superbad,” only with kids instead of young adults, but I personally enjoyed “Good Boys” more than “Superbad.” It is a comedy that I feel like most people who have grown up in the last twenty years will appreciate. It is absurd, hilarious and, in a strange way, relatable. The only downside is that the humor occasionally is a little repetitive, mostly relying on shock to get the point across.  

This movie is not here to be critiqued or overanalyzed. It balances raunchy humor that never feels too over the top with a pretty good amount of heart. It is not just a movie full of sex and fart jokes that you must shut your mind off to enjoy, and it is by no means a masterpiece, but it is certainly enjoyable. I went in with no expectations and found it very enjoyable. 

Go see it, but do not expect a comedic masterpiece. It is entertaining and not nearly as mindless as a lot of other modern comedy.