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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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