December 2, 2010

The Boys Are Back - Movie Review

A great movie, in the vein of "The Kids Are Alright", for some reason, this film was completely overlooked. It's based on a true-life story, as written by Simon Carr "The Boys are Back in Town"

 Clive Owen stars (no, he's not an undercover agent or a spy or a savior....he just plays a normal dad) along with some fairly unknown Australian and English Actors (George MacKay, Nicholas McAnulty as his two sons are great and names to watch out for). Director is Australian director Scott Hicks of "Shine" (and brought Geoffrey Rush to our attention)  fame, a movie which garnered a lot more attention than this one did.

Storyline (from imdb)

"The Boys Are Back is a confessional tale of fatherhood. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter who, in the wake of his wife's death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just says yes." Raising two boys - a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage -- in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with a lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless... and on the constant verge of disaster.  "

The movie was released in September 2009 in the United States. In Germany and probably the rest of Europe, it went straight to DVD for some odd reason. All I can say: watch this. It's a great family film. Now, when I say family film, I don't mean like Disney family. The Boys are Back is kind of the Kramer vs. Kramer of the not so new Millenium, set in Australia. As far as I am concerned, The Boys Are Back has a similar emotional impact.

It is a movie that depicts life as it is: really hard with awesome moments making you infinitely happy you stuck through the really crappy periods.  One could add the expression "heart-warming" but honestly, that term makes me want to puke.  It's not heart-warming, the movie is just very very nice and will make you cry. But in a good way. 

Definitely worth watching the whole way through.  The poster is lame and the marketing apparently too. Shame that. Hope it does better in DVD sales/streaming/cable/whatever.

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