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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Slow-paced mystery-thriller has some profanity, violence.

Movie NR 2019 111 minutes
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Boi is an ambitious mystery-thriller that doesn't quite fulfill everything it's trying to do. Centered on a struggling writer at a crossroads as he tries to figure out what he wants out of life, Boi careens from dark thriller to magical realism, from coming-of-age portrait to cultural and personal disconnect, but never really makes any of them completely work, and never stays in one lane long enough to maintain a sustained interest beyond the hope that Boi someday finds success in love and in writing.

It's not a bad movie, but it does get bogged down by trying to do so much at once. Rather than enhancing the central story (or at least the most central story), the "weird" moments -- dream realities, shaky sped-up montages of driving through Barcelona, bizarre coffee commercials -- distract from what is already quite a bit for our lead character. There's nothing wrong with playing with the expectations of forms and genres, but when the play overwhelms everything else, the lack of focus starts to wear on one's nerves.

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