GOOD BOYS REVIEW: ‘Good Boys’, produced by the team behind comedy hits such as ‘Superbad’, ‘Sausage Party’ and ‘Bad Neighbours’, is the latest from director Gene Stupnitsky. Starring Jacob Tremblay and Molly Gordon, the film sees 3 boys on the cusp of entering middle school thrown into a day of madness involving drugs, teenage girls and a kissing party. While ‘Good Boys’ for the most part is an enjoyable watch, the main issue is that it’s a one-joke movie that’s pounded to death. 12-year-olds swearing and making sexual jokes can only last for so long, and even at an 89-minute run, Stupnitsky and co-writer Lee Eisenberg are really treading the material thin. Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon act as the film’s leads, but none of them stand out on their own. It is when they are together that the movie works, and luckily, that is often. Molly Gordon and Midori Francis are scene stealers in the best possible way, and cameo roles from Retta, Lil Rel Howery, Sam Richardson and Will Forte up the appeal of this film from a b-grade trashy comedy to something worth watching. The writing is generally good, apart for the aforementioned ‘one-joke’ angle that doesn’t quite meet the mark. Obviously, there are other comedic moments scattered throughout, the best involving Gordon and Francis and their own little ‘quest’. A very blatant choice was made to go with in-your-face humour rather than that of a subtle and high-brow nature. The storyline demands the raunchy material, and, in most cases, the comedic timing sticks the landing. There were however, a couple of instances that were downright uncomfortable, and the classic ‘dramatic’ turn just felt jarring and out of place. Overall, the movie has clear faults, mostly in its balancing act of comedy and 12-year-old characters. The cast’s chemistry holds it altogether though, and extra points are given for the extremely short run-time. Give this one a go when it hits wide release.