Good Boys (3 stars)

Good Boys

Frequently hilarious gross-out comedy following the misadventures of three pre-teens

If you like the idea of a live-action version of South Park – in which part of the fun is listening to foul language spring from the mouths of cherubic-looking children – you'll love this silly, rude and often hilarious comedy from the producers of Superbad (with which it shares some similarities) and Sausage Party.

Max (Room's Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) are good boys – three 11-year-old best friends who call themselves the Beanbag Boys (because, well, they sit on beanbags). They're at that difficult age when they're daring each other to take sips of beer and can google 'porn', but can't quite get the childproof lid off a bottle of kiddie vitamins.

Max, especially, wants to be more grown-up if it means attending his first 'kissing party' so he can pucker up to his crush Brixlee (Millie Davis). However, a plan for the boys to learn how to kiss ahead of this important life event ends up becoming a day-long adventure involving a stolen drone, drugs and a bizarre number of sex toys.

Directed by debut helmer Gene Stupnitsky who also co-writes, it's crude, rude and packed with moments (many involving the aforementioned sex aids) included primarily for shock value. Although occasionally missing the mark (a running gag about the kids mistaking anal beads for a necklace wears thin pretty quickly), it jams so many jokes in that you'll be sniggering from the start to the end credits anyway.

Even better, however, than the humour are the boys themselves. Tremblay, and especially Williams and Noon, are terrific, whether they are seriously debating consent – Lucas solemnly informing his pals that they must remember to ask a girl first before they kiss her – or confusing a voluptuous sex doll for a CPR dummy. The trio are blessed with comic timing that many adult actors should be jealous of.

In a movie that's too grown-up for its three pre-pubescent stars to actually go and see themselves, they are both its warm heart – yes, such a raunchy comedy can have one – and the source of some of the loudest laughs you'll hear at the cinema this summer.

General release from Fri 16 Aug.

Good Boys

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gene Stupnitsky
  • Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon
  • UK release: 16 August 2019

Max (Tremblay), Lucas (Williams) and Thor (Noon) are 11-year-old best friends who, in the course of learning how to kiss, have a day-long adventure involving a stolen drone, drugs and sex toys. Silly, rude and often hilarious comedy with terrific performances from the boys.