Seth Rogen’s Latest ‘Raunchy, Lewd’ Comedy Is Absolutely Not for Good Boys
Note: This is a portion of our review of GOOD BOYS. For the full review, including a breakdown of content, violence, sex, language and nudity, click here.
GOOD BOYS is a raunchy, lewd comedy about three foul-mouthed 6th grade boys who get into trouble when they “borrow” a drone to spy on two older teenage girls. In between all the obscenity and R-rated lewd references, GOOD BOYS has some brief funny moments, but it’s a truly abhorrent, loathsome comedy promoting the ongoing destruction of children’s innocence and purity by mass media deviants who mistakenly think they’re avant-garde “artists.”
The movie opens with young Max, Lucas and Thor beginning 6th Grade. The three boys are fast friends. They call themselves “The Bean Bag Boys” because they like to gather at Thor’s house to talk and play video games while they relax on bean bag chairs.
The first scene shows Max looking at an unseen porn site on his laptop. Max’s father suddenly enters Max’s bedroom, but a rope alarm attached to the door alerts Max in time to close the laptop. His father suspects, however, that Max is trying to masturbate, so he starts making light of this activity while telling Max that masturbation is only “natural.” In fact, Max’s father is so happy about the possibility in his son’s behavior that he actually encourages Max in the practice. Before he departs, the father, who appears to be leaving on a business trip overnight, warns Max not to touch the drone he uses for work. “It’s not a toy,” he points out.
The movie then introduces the other two members of the “Bean Bag Boys.” They include Lucas, a tall black boy whose parents have just told him they’re getting divorced, and Thor, a white boy with a great singing voice who wants to audition for the lead role in the school play, a glam rocker from the late 1980s in a version of the adult, lewd musical play, ROCK OF AGES.
It’s soon revealed that Max has a crush on Brixlee, a girl at his school, but Max has never even tried to talk to her. He gets a chance when one of the popular boys in school invites Max to his kissing party. Max coaxes the boy into also inviting his two buddies, Lucas and Thor, even though the popular boy’s friends have mocked them and pressured Thor not to audition for the school play.
Later, at Max’s house, the boys realize they have no idea how to kiss a girl, which is ridiculous because images of kissing are all over the mass media, from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today. They end up visiting a porn site on the Internet, but they mistakenly go to a site featuring sadomasochism.
Disgusted by what they see, Lucas and Thor convince Max to use his father’s work drone to spy on the girl next door and her college boyfriend while the girl’s female friend also visits. However, after giving his girlfriend some Ecstasy pills in an aspirin bottle to get high, the boyfriend gets into an argument with her and leaves. That doesn’t stop the boys from using the drone, because they think maybe the two girls will start kissing. The girls steal the drone, though, when Max and Thor fight over the controls.
The boys go next door to politely ask the girls to return the drone, but the girls refuse and kick them out. However, while they weren’t looking, Thor secretly steals one girl’s bag, which contains the bottle with the Ecstasy and the girl’s smartphone.
The boys and the teenage girls set up a meeting to exchange the girl’s bag with the drugs and the drone, but complications ensue and the drone gets wrecked. So, the question becomes, how is Max ever going to get permission from his father to go to the party so he can kiss Brixlee?
The timeline in GOOD BOYS doesn’t always make sense. However, even if you remove that problem, the character actions don’t always make sense, and there are some unbelievable situations and coincidences. For example, to get to a mall to buy a new drone, the boys cross a freeway caught in a huge traffic jam going both directions. Suddenly, the traffic jams are gone and the vehicles start speeding along the road, but Max and Lucas are able to cross the busy freeway with no problem. Then, when Thor has problems and causes a traffic accident, the three boys throw up when a life-sized female sex doll flies out of a car and lands in the middle of the freeway but they think it’s an actual human body. Coincidentally, the boys had just sold the sex doll to the man driving the car that contained the doll. It’s a funny moment, but the coincidence is just too unbelievable. Ultimately, GOOD BOYS is only fitfully entertaining
The biggest problem, however, is that GOOD BOYS is filled with unbelievably crude and obscene foul language and behavior from the three 6th grade boys. Much of the foul language includes graphic sex talk and graphic sexual references. In addition, in several scenes, the boys run across sadomasochistic devices and behavior they don’t fully understand. At one point, the boys even use a sadomasochistic ball gag to shut up a college fraternity brother when the boys get into a fight at a fraternity house. Finally, GOOD BOYS includes many references to substance abuse. In a couple scenes, the 6th Grade boys in the movie challenge each other to take sips from a beer. Also, the movie contains many references to illegal drugs. Thus, Max and his friends steal the Ecstasy pills from the two girls. Later, Lucas, who’s been taught to hate drugs, surrenders the pills to a tired police officer in a convenience store who agrees to let Lucas, Max and Thor go because he’s had a rough day. Then, however, when the two girls buy a new drone to replace the old wrecked drone, the boys go to the boyfriend’s fraternity house to buy two Ecstasy pills from him to make the exchange with the girls they had intended originally before the old drone got wrecked. The boyfriend refuses, but Max threatens him with the paintball gun they took from Thor’s house, and a fight with the fraternity boys breaks out. After the exchange with the girls is finally made, the girls return in the story, and both girls are clearly high on Ecstasy.
GOOD BOYS is a clearly abhorrent, loathsome piece of entertainment.