Good Boys

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Exceedingly raunchy comedy has heart, but it's not for kids.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 72 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

It's a bumpy road, but the ultimate takeaway here is that every kid has to learn how to grow up at his or her own speed, and no one has to pretend to be something he or she isn't. It's OK to just be who you are. And you can still be friends, even if you don't see each other every day. A school organization called S.C.A.B. is against bullying.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids sometimes do the right thing by telling the truth, and they know to avoid drugs, but most of the behavior (skipping school, stealing, etc.) in this movie is far from role model-worthy.

Violence

Comical fight in a frat house; college students shot in private parts with a paint gun. Bashing with wooden paddles. Judo throws. Tween punched in face. Horrifying dislocated arm, dangling out of tween's coat sleeve. Painful setting of dislocated arm. Boys cross a busy freeway. Vomiting. General destruction of a living room.

Sex

Several sex toys shown (the boys don't know what they're for), as well as a sex doll (her plastic breast is exposed in one shot). Pervasive sex-related talk. The beginning of an online porn video is seen (no nudity or sex). Tweens kiss at a party. Tween makes an avatar with large breasts on his computer. Discussion of teen masturbating. Sexual gestures.

Language

Constant, extremely strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--kblock," "bitch," "t-ts," "ass," "d--k," "c--k," "goddamn," "cum," "hell," "blow job," "nymphomaniac," "boner," "pubes," "skank," "suck."

Consumerism

New Balance sneakers shown in close-up. Mall stores include Chipotle, Starbucks, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A plastic bottle containing Molly pills is part of the plot; two teens are seen enjoying its euphoric effects. Tweens take sips of beer from a stolen beer bottle. Mentions of cocaine. A school play in which tweens appear to snort cocaine from a table and leave a bathroom stall with powder under their noses. College-age characters sell drugs to tweens. College student smokes pot, blows pot smoke in tween's face (the tween says he's "high as f--k"). Reference to adults with DUIs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Good Boys is a very raunchy comedy about sixth-graders hoping to attend a kissing party. Though it's funny and eventually rather sweet, it's not for kids. It involves extremely strong, constant language, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more, much of it spoken by the boys. There's also pervasive sex-related talk and images of sex toys (the boys don't know what they're for), a sex doll, and the start of an online porn video. Tween boys and girls kiss. Drugs are part of the plot, especially Molly pills that two teen girls are after and eventually take (they enjoy the drug's euphoric qualities). Tweens take sips of beer and are part of a play that depicts cocaine use. College students sell drugs and smoke pot. There's a comical fight scene, with paintball gun shooting, punching, throwing, and bashing with paddles, plus a comical dislocated arm (and the painful resetting of the arm). Some brands are shown, including New Balance sneakers.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHains August 18, 2019

Anal beads and bondage

Whoa. Listen to the Common Sense reviewers, not parents and kid reviewers on this one. We are pretty liberal with what we watch with our kids as long as they ar... Continue reading
Adult Written byGoldieloxs August 18, 2019

Inappropriate

I’m sorry but this movie was so inappropriate. A lot of the scenes were actually disturbing. This is not the image we should be portraying (that is ok for kids... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySomeone Else August 16, 2019

Inappropriate but hilarious

It's a movie about kids learning about the world from a new "sex-based point of view" to try and be cool. Good message about friendship and bully... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMemes101 November 19, 2019

Chill

Sex toys but little kids don’t know what those are. Yes they swear a lot. Just Lie to your kids if they ask what something is, just like you did about how babie... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GOOD BOYS, best friends Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon) -- also known as the Beanbag Boys -- have just entered the sixth grade. Max has a huge crush on Brixlee (Millie Davis) and is thrilled and terrified to be invited to a "kissing party" that she'll also be attending. Determined to learn how to kiss, the boys ditch school and take out Max's father's drone to spy on two teen girls, Hannah (Molly Gordon) and Lily (Midori Francis), but they lose the drone. While trying to get it back, Thor steals Lily's purse, which, unbeknownst to the boys, has illegal drugs in it. When both the drone and the drugs are lost, the boys must go on a journey to replace both, avoid being grounded, and make it to the party in time for the kiss.

Is it any good?

A sixth grade version of Superbad, this comedy walks some shaky territory, but the naïve quality of the boys crossed with the broad, goofball, vulgar humor makes for a surprisingly sweet story. Co-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Good Boys deliberately walks in Superbad's footsteps (Rogen and Goldberg wrote that movie), but the twist is that the Beanbag Boys really don't know much about the world, and the chasm between their imagination and reality creates quite a few pretty good jokes. It's definitely shocking to see and hear such young kids swearing and talking about sex and drugs, but it's all actually a part of learning how to grow up and belong.

The three boys make a great squad, teetering between playing kids' games and jumping headlong into the adult world (Stranger Things tackles similar, painful themes). They're interested in forbidden, grown-up things like sex and alcohol, but find them strange, shocking, and abhorrent when they actually come into contact. Better still, when they have a knockdown, drag-out argument, it ends with all three of them in tears. Though they try to act a certain way, they are actually totally unfiltered, and refreshingly honest because of it. Good Boys isn't a movie for kids, perhaps not even high schoolers, but it's for anyone who ever navigated the pitfall-laden labyrinth that's the end of childhood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Good Boys' depiction of alcohol and drugs. Are these things made to look cool or glamorous? How so? Are there consequences for using them?

  • Is it shocking to hear and see young boys swearing and talking about sex and drugs? Why? Is it too soon for them to know about these things?

  • How strong is the movie's violence? Is it cartoonish, or realistic? Is it shocking, or does it make you cheer? How does the movie achieve this effect?

  • Have you ever been to a kissing party? Was it uncomfortable? Memorable? Is it a necessary rite of passage, or is it wrong?

  • How does the movie compare to Superbad? How do both movies depict growing up and possibly growing apart from childhood friends?

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