Good Boys – Blu-ray Review

Good Boys

To copy the tone of the film, Good Boys is extremely f**king funny. That is if you’re into the kind of juvenile humor that fits in the same vein as other Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg movies—for better or worse. In other words, your enjoyment of the film depends on your taste in their style of humor.

But Rogen and Goldberg produced films aren’t always about crude humor, heir films also tend to have a lot of heart as well. Their teenage/young children comedies tend to put friendship at the forefront. Thankfully, all of the filmmakers involved found the right tone for the kids’ friendship. You attach yourself to these characters because the chemistry between the three kids is so great. In some ways, they might remind you of yourself as a kid.

Of course, all of the adult jokes may tend to go a little too far—depending on your level of tolerance. The film is unapologetic in the way it puts these kids through the most adult stuff. So if don’t find kids trying to learn how to kiss by watching porn, then this isn’t the film for you. The film is relentless with these kinds of jokes. It comes at you at a rapid-fire pace from beginning to end. So strap yourself in.

The story is super simple and not very interesting when you compare it to other comedies similar to this. Yet the modernized story fits for modern audiences’ taste in film. Then again, Good Boys is not about the story—it’s about the hilarity and the characters. This is the kind of entertainment where you shut off your brain and just simply enjoy the film.

Overall, Good Boys is a hilarious and entertaining film. The film simply loves putting these 12-year-old kids into the most messed up situations. At the same time, the friendship between Max, Lucas, and Thor is very reminiscent of the kind of friendship I had with my childhood friends. Altogether it makes for one enjoyable comedy.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Good Boys - Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay, and Keith Williams

Good Boys hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. As a whole, the picture has such high contrast. As a result, there is a lot of bloom in the bright areas and a lot of crush in the shadows. Regardless, the brightness is still vibrant while the shadows are a deep black. On the positive side, the high contrast makes way for some rich and vivid colors. Not to mention, the details and edge details are clean and crisp. Everything looks pristine. Despite the high contrast issues, the picture looks tremendous.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 atoms


Good Boys - Jacob Tremblay, Keith Williams, Brady Noon, and Molly Gordon

Good Boys hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Due to the nature of the genre, a majority of the mix is front-loaded. There are instances where sound effects liven up the entire soundstage. Of course, a majority of the fun comes from the frat house fight. Nevertheless, you subtly hear the atmospheric sound effects if you listen hard enough. Unsurprisingly, it’s Lyle Workman’s score that fills up the soundstage. The instruments are layered throughout the soundstage. Also, unsurprisingly, the dialogue is distinct and clear from the front channel. Overall, the audio mix is fine for what it is.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Special Features

Good Boys - Midori Francis, Jacob Tremblay, and Molly Gordon

Good Boys has the following special features on the Blu-ray disc:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Turtle vs. Tortoise
    • Benji Don’t Like That
    • Customer Service
    • Ball Pit Shenanigans
    • Tracking Molly
    • Stealing a Glance
    • Upsell Fail
    • Max Explodes
    • Best Friends
    • Traffic Jam
    • First Kiss Heartbreak
  • Boys for Real
  • Gag Reel
  • Welcome to Vancouver
  • A Fine Line
  • Ask Your Parents
  • Bad Girls
  • Guest Stars
  • Feature Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Gene Stupnitsky and Producer/Co-Writer Lee Eisenberg

The alternate ending is not as funny as the theatrical ending. Primarily it’s because hearing them talk about sex terms is not as funny as seeing them play on the sex swing. There are a few deleted and extended scenes where they’re better than the theatrical cut, but a majority of them are not as good. The gag reel is funny though.

“Boys for Real” takes a look at the kids and why they were cast in the role. Surprisingly, it’s not a love fest type of featurette but it’s not an informative one either. “Welcome to Vancouver” is a sort of interesting feature where you find out a few interesting tidbits about the school where they filmed in.

“A Fine Line” and “Ask Your Parents” are easily the most interesting featurettes because it takes a look at the kids and all of the adult stuff they say and do in the film. “Bad Girls” looks at all of the female characters in the film.  “Guest Stars” is the funniest featurette mostly because you get to see a lot of the unused improv lines from the film. Unfortunately, the audio commentary just isn’t that interesting to listen to. Stupnitsky and Eisenberg rarely provide any big insight into the making of the film. Also, they tend to dryly crack jokes that aren’t that funny.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms

Overall, Good Boys is an extremely funny film that may also easily offend sensitive viewers. Either way, there’s just something funny about seeing 12-year-olds be involved in adult-oriented situations. The picture quality is great and the audio mix is fine too—despite a primarily front-loaded mix. The special features are also fine but all of the featurettes are too short.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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