Boys Klub

 
Lousy coming-of-age basketball movie has frequent bullying.
  • Review Date: July 22, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there are messages about the importance of teamwork, of doing your best no matter the odds, and standing up to bullies, these messages are easily lost in the trite presentation and amateurish production values.

Positive role models

Mario and his new friends, "The Misfits," work hard to get the money to compete in the basketball championships, and practice as hard as they can to be a good team.

Violence

Frequent bullying. Two bullies give a boy a "swirlie" in the boys' rest room. A bully steps on a kid's glasses. Bullies push and shove boys they don't like and call them names.

Sex

A group of boys take turns looking through a hole in a fence, where large bras hang out to dry on a clothesline. They make assorted references to the size of the woman's breasts. Later, they spy on the actual woman as she takes the bras down from the clothesline.

Language

A basketball coach uses the phrase "retard on retard" to describe two boys playing basketball. Boys make jokes about the smell in a rest room stall.

Consumerism

Banners advertising Fila and McDonald's are frequently shown in the gymnasium where the championship basketball game is being played.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Boys Klub is a 2001 coming-of-age basketball movie that is incredibly awful on every level. The flat acting, the forced and unfocused storyline, the cheap production, and the total predictability of the climax all conspire to make this a truly horrible movie. Aside from this, the movie has frequent bullying, including a scene where a boy has his glasses stepped on by bullies, and another scene where bullies give a boy a "swirlie" in a boys' rest room. There are also scenes where a group of boys ogle large bras that apparently belong to former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Rachel Hunter, who they spy on shortly after that, as they stare and make comments about the size of her breasts.

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What's the story?

When his father (Beau Bridges) takes on a new job that transfers him to Phoenix for the summer, Mario (Chauncey Leopardy) is sent to San Francisco to live with his aunt, and his teen bully of a cousin, Fooley (R.D. Robb). Mario's aunt forces Fooley to take Mario to the local Boys Club, where a foul-tempered coach belittles everyone except Fooley and their beloved "A Team" of superior basketball players. After being shoved and laughed at by the "A Team," Mario ends up with the other clique of boys at the Boys Club, "The Misfits," a ragtag gang of gangly young teens. A bond instantly forms, and together they get into hijinx like spying on bras through a hole in a fence, and "pantsing" the mean basketball coach while he's seated in the men's room toilet. But they want to play basketball, and the kindly priest who runs this Boys Club chapter asks them to form a team to compete. They hire the janitor to be the coach, and they dress up like women to wash cars to raise funds to register their team for the big championship series. Through practice and hard work, they get into the championships, and are good enough to take on the "A Team" for the final game, where Mario and his new friends must pull together one last time and try to attain victory.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BOYS KLUB is one of those movies that is across-the-board terrible. The storyline is forced and often incoherent, the production values are sloppy and amateurish, and with the exception of R.D. Robb -- best known as the boy who "triple dog dared" his friend into sticking his tongue on the frozen flag pole in A Christmas Story -- the acting is flat and bland. The storyline is as unoriginal as you can get, and any moments of uniqueness spring out of conveniently forcing elements into the story so as to give the actors engaged in truly bizarre cameos (Rachel Hunter and Ike Turner, for instance) something to do. It's hard to believe Beau Bridges signed onto this, even as he's only there in the beginning and the end.

In addition, there is frequent bullying from older teens and a basketball coach who even uses the word "retard" to describe kids less skiled at sports--in a Boys Club, no less--and aside from a very brief tongue-lashing from the priest in charge of the Boys Club, there are no consequences for their cruel behavior. There really is nothing worthwhile in this movie. For those looking for coming-of-age movies and/or "comeback kid" sports movies, there are so many better options out there than this almost unwatchable movie.

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Movie details

DVD release date:December 21, 2004
Cast:Beau Bridges, Chauncey Leopardi, R.D. Robb
Director:Lebrado Baracio
Studio:Monarch Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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