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Good Boys | 2019 | R | – 6.5.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Good Boys” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout — all involving tweens.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kisses and hand-holding, discussions of pornography and sex and evidence of the use of sex aids; a bicycle accident ending in the injury of a preteen boy, several near accidents involving preteen children, people being struck with paintballs, arguing, bullying, and property damage caused by a drone; and over 60 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Three sixth grade boys (Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon) plan to attend their first make-out party, and since they don’t know how to kiss, to prepare one boy takes his father’s drone so that they can spy on teen couples in the neighborhood. The plan backfires when the drone is destroyed and one bad decision leads to another as the boys get in a lot of trouble. Also with Will Forte, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery and Midori Francis. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky. [Running Time: 1:29]

Good Boys SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A preteen boy explains consent-for-sex (as kissing) to two male classmates: one boy gets permission to kiss a girl and they kiss for several seconds and hold hands. During a spin-the-bottle game, a boy and a girl kiss for several seconds and we see slobber; a boy calls the game an “orgy.”
 The top half of a female dummy stands on top of a crate in a fraternity house and we see breasts and nipples. We briefly see a shirtless man wearing a cloth with an anatomical term painted on his chest and a wide cloth around his hips (we see the tops of his thighs and his abdomen). A few young women in a couple of scenes wear miniskirts that reveal bare legs to mid-thighs.
 A preteen boy increases the bosom size on a female video-game character, looks around, and slams the laptop shut as his father enters and laughs, as we hear sexual moaning coming from the laptop; the man says that he is glad to know the boy is regularly “sexually masturbating” and that it’s the best toy one can have (implying a penis).
 Three preteen boys search the word “porn” on the internet and we see red lips with a chain between them on the computer screen, and then a woman in legless shorts and a blouse with bare midriff and cleavage as she yells at a clothed man; she grabs his pants’ waistband and the camera cuts to the boys’ faces as they scream at something unseen and shut the laptop as one boy says, “They didn’t even kiss! Well, not on their mouths,” and another boy says, “It will never fit in there” and later he says, “He was just licking that woman’s [anatomical term deleted].”
 Three boys find a used blow-up sex doll in their parents’ bedroom and think it is a CPR dummy; one boy places his mouth over the doll’s mouth and says, “It’s sticky. Why is there hair in her mouth?” and the boys then mistake BDSM gear for weapons; they take a string of used anal beads and give it to a preteen girl as a necklace (she grimaces at the smell, as did the boys earlier). A young girl finds three sixth-grade boys playing on a velvet bedroom swing and says, “That’s for sexing. People do sex on it,” and the boys scramble off it. Two preteen boys meet a man at their door, one boy holding a vibrator and the other wearing a black hood; the man speaks to a dressed party doll that falls from a chair to the floor, uncovering jiggling rubber buttocks and the man buys the doll. Two preteen boys use a sex aid to bar the doors of a convenience store closed.
 Three preteen boys take a drone to spy on two teen girls next door, who they think are kissing teen boys; they see a young man and young woman break up and the young woman hugs a female friend for comfort and a boy says, “They’re gonna kiss,” but they don’t. A teen girl chases three younger boys, but rushes away when they accuse her in public of touching their penises (she did not do so). Boys and girls tease a sixth grader for liking a girl classmate. Boys and girls tease a classmate for never having kissed a girl. A preteen boy cries when the girl he likes holds hands with another girl. A preteen says he wears a stud earring to be sexy and hot. A teen girl says she kissed a girl in the sixth grade.


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Good Boys VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A teen girl runs after preteen boys on bikes and one boy sails over a bench to crash into a truck; his arm hangs as if the shoulder is dislocated and he groans as two other boys slam him into a dumpster, hurting his other arm as he screams; they lie him on the ground, put a BDSM gag ball in his mouth to bite on and yank the dislocated arm into place as the injured boy screams.
 Three preteen boys argue with fraternity house boys while air horns blare and people shout in another room; one boy shouts and fires a large paintball rifle hitting young men in the faces, groins, buttocks and backs with paint blobs; another boy breaks large paddle boards over two men’s backs, and downs another man with a bong to the head, dropping him off-screen (likely unconscious); a boy yells that he just killed a man and a third boy steals a vitamin bottle and the three preteens escape (one of the boys was punched in the cheek and has a large bruise under one eye).
 Three preteen boys run across a busy 6-lane highway, screaming, while narrowly avoiding being struck; one boy drops a beer bottle, picks it up, and three cars crash together behind him, causing damage and a driver yells at the boy as he runs away; a dressed party doll is thrown through a broken windshield and falls to the pavement, scattering glass.
 Three preteen boys send a drone to spy on two teen neighbor girls who grab it angrily and the boys demand it back, are denied and grab a purse (please see the Substance Use category for more details); everyone argues and the boys run away. Three preteen boys and two teen girls argue as a drone crashes into a school bus, breaking to pieces. Three preteen boys argue loudly for several seconds and two of the boys push each other as the third one yells at them. A preteen boy’s father calls him, yells at him and we hear that the boy is grounded from everything, including holidays, birthdays, and summers, and that he is no longer his dad’s son; the dad says, “I no longer like you.” A preteen boy cries in several scenes as his former friends make new friends.
 A middle school has a corps of several children that wear yellow vests and are called the SCAB; they blow loud police whistles when anyone yells for help with a bully, they tell the bully to back off and they surround the target, marching him or her into the building safely while chanting (we see this happen twice). A preteen boy wearing a devil’s mask stands outside a friend’s window at night, making him scream.
 A preteen boy flies a drone by remote control four miles to his home, down the chimney, and through the house; it wrecks glass vases, lamps, a chandelier, a shelf of what might be wine bottles (we see some breakage and red liquid), framed pictures, a laptop and important papers. A preteen boy throws a bottle of beer in some glass and later breaks a flower pot in a yard. A preteen boy steals a bottle of beer from a store and hides it in his jeans, where the bulge looks like a part of his anatomy and a police officer makes him return the bottle. A preteen boy hits himself in the head with a string of anal beads and falls down. A preteen girl sneezes on her arm; we see the spray and she waves her dental retainer in the air.


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Good Boys LANGUAGE 10

 – About 66 F-words and derivatives, 13 sexual references, 23 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, insane, idiots, loser, lame, random, skank, old girls, narc, bully, baby, pervert, crackheads, Lover Boy, and Sippy Cup and Kissy Cup are chanted several times), exclamations (shut-up, oh my gosh), 6 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. God Will Be On Our Side, Oh My God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Good Boys SUBSTANCE USE

 – Three preteen boys steal a purse that contains Ecstasy/Molly that the boys call “sex drugs” (we never see the drug), a young girl says that she knows what cocaine is, a preteen boy in a play pretends to snort cocaine through a licorice tube, a man sniffs something unseen from his hand (his underarms are drenched in sweat), a few bongs are seen on a table in a fraternity house and a young man lights one and puffs smoke in the face of a preteen boy who complains of being high, three preteen boys demand to buy Molly and argue with fraternity brothers before stealing a vitamin bottle containing the drug, and two teen girls are seen staggering and slurring their words implying that they have taken a drug (we do not see them take it). A school bully tries to make a sixth grader drink warm beer unsuccessfully, four underage boys sip warm beer as they grimace, a preteen boy says that another boy’s father has two DUIs and must ride the train, a preteen boy steals a bottle of beer from a store and hides it in his jeans and later drops it while running through traffic (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a preteen boy takes a bottle of beer to a party and takes four sips from it in front of friends as he shouts that he’s an alcoholic, and dozens of empty beer cans are shown on tables and floors in a fraternity house while two young men drink from beer cans.


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Good Boys DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Sixth grade boys, kissing parties, sex aids, sexual naiveté, parenting, divorce, fraternity hazing, drug and alcohol abuse, relationships, friendship, fears, gossip, rivalry, jealousy, growing up, preteens, annoying siblings, mean girls, bullies, rule followers, greasers, shy people, fraternities.

Good Boys MESSAGE

 – Puberty is a confusing time of change.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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