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The B Words: Beats, Bites, Books and Blockbusters is the name of this new column. You can expect reviews on single and album releases, movies, local restaurants, novels and anything else that falls into the realm of culture. Essentially, this is the page you can flip to in order to get the cool stuff. Culture editor Sabrina Proffitt and I created this column so that we could really feel Flagstaff’s culture and write about the characteristics that bring it all together. So, I started by watching “Good Boys.”
Close your eyes and reminisce with me for a second. Remember when you saw “Superbad?” Remember how uber-funny it was and how outlandish some scenes were? Imagine “Superbad,” but with sixth graders taking the place of Seth and Evan.
If that isn’t enough to sell you on “Good Boys,” then you probably haven’t watched “Superbad.”
The comedy film had a runtime of 89 minutes, was directed by Gene Stupnitksy and produced by 11 others. It was also R-rated due to depictions of drugs and sexual content. The film casts three teenagers, or ‘tweens’ as main character Lucas would call them, as the stars of the film: Jacob Tremblay as Max, Keith L. Williams as Lucas and Brady Noon as Thor.
The beanbag boys is their group name. Fitting, since they are boys who go home after school to sit on beanbags and play Ascension. The boys realize that cliques are being formed at their middle school, so they ditch school to meet in the forest with Soren and his crew in an attempt to fit in with the popular kids. Soren is the obvious cool kid on campus, so he and his crew challenge Max, Lucas and Thor to take a sip of beer to prove their worth.
What makes this movie feel so contrasting, along with other coming-of-age films like “Mid90s,” is the movie is not appropriate for children who are similar in age to its cast. I have a little sister in the sixth grade, and let’s just say I wouldn’t want her at Soren’s party.
The remainder of this film involves the boys desperately trying to make it to Soren’s party so that Max can kiss his crush, Brixlee. Meanwhile, they leave car accidents, drugs and shoplifting in their wake. Despite all the trouble the boys run into, this film is adorable and absolutely hilarious. Kids doing adult things — cursing up a storm and trying to cover their tracks in the process — makes for a memorable watch.
After all the crazy moments, the ending and credits encapsulate a sweet message about friendship: beanbag boys for life.