DECEMBER BOYS Add To My Top 10
Everyone Wants a Family
Release Date: September 14, 2007
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: Rod Hardy
Executive Producer: Jonathan Shteinman
Producer: Richard Becker
Writer: Marc Rosenberg
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As the four December boys watch loving parents adopt the younger kids in the orphanage, they fear their chance at being a part of a family may never come. However, when the convent sends them to visit the seaside for vacation, the boys get excited about the days that lie ahead.
While at the seaside, the boys meet a young couple who are unable to have children and are considering adoption. So, the boys compete to see who might win the affection of the couple. The oldest boy, played by Daniel Radcliffe, meets Lucy, a beautiful girl from down the coast. Rather than focusing his attention on getting adopted by the couple, Radcliffe’s character instead focuses on learning about life and sexuality with Lucy. The other boys’ competition to get adopted heats up, and they find themselves at odds with each other. Their bonds of brotherhood eventually overcome their competition as the boys learn the true meaning of family.
DECEMBER BOYS has some very strong points and some very weak points. All of the boys give wonderful performances and there is a real sense of brotherhood in the characters. The movie is straightforward storytelling with no twists or unexpected turns, and it serves itself well in that respect. The major weak points are revealed in the ways the movie feels as though it has been made from a novel. There are obvious moments in which the author of the novel, Michael Noonan, meant some deeper symbolism that fails to translate into the movie.
Another weak point, which should be considered a cautionary point, is the underage and teenage sexuality. The character of Lucy is very sensuous, and the flirtations and implied fornication between her and Daniel Radcliffe’s character borders on an inappropriate salaciousness.
That said, the movie contains some strong moral messages about family and love and brotherhood; but with its underage sensuality, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for DECEMBER BOYS.
DECEMBER BOYS has a strong moral Christian worldview from a Catholic perspective, which includes prayer and Scripture reading but also confession and visions of Mary. Some symbolism from Noonan’s novel, however, fails to translate on the screen. Also, the movie contains some objectionable content such as underage smoking, drinking, brief nudity, and teenage sexuality, including an instance of implied fornication.