Movie Review: Strange hybrid about boyfriend friendship

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Film Review In the borderland between children’s reality and adult humor, the American comedy “Factual boys”, about three boys wrestling with friendship, peer pressure and lack of kissing technique.                           Karin Svensson / TT          13: 13 | 2019 – 08 – 12 It’s a well-known movie cliche: the male protagonist sees his dream woman and suddenly fades everything else away. The camera zooms in on the moist lips, the hair fluttering in the unhurried dash, the ring and the well-turned legs. In the comedy “Factual boys”, the cliché is playfully massacred. When twelve-year-old Max catches sight of his year-old Brixlee, both music and unhurried dash are offered, but no studied sexiness. Brixlee sneezes, pills with the rack and tricks with his skateboard. Max is enchanted.His soft look paves for a misunderstanding. Below almost half the playing time I think “this is a great movie for kids”. The swaggering liberality of the story of Max and his best friends Thor and Lucas – comically wedged in the border between children and adults – feels like a powerful antidote to all the apple-crazed morale cookies on the Disney Channel. PICTURE: Ed Araquel | Max (Jacob Tremblay) and his friends Thor and Lucas (Brady Noon and Keith L Williams) are at the center of “Factual boys”, a comedy about being children who have been banned in the United States. Press photo. I can’t say exactly when I realize the truth. Maybe it’s when the boys happen to steal a jar of ecstasy tablets from two angry teenage girls. Or when they are armed with sex toys from Thor’s parents’ wardrobe. Or when Lucas shrugs his shoulder after colliding with a transport of hosts, and must be “corrected” by his hysterical friends. In any case, it seems to me – embarrassingly despatched – that “Factual boys” have more in common with “Backsaw” than with “Stand by me”. In the United States, it was banned for cinema. Maybe the film’s whole core lies in the misunderstanding. It is a strange hybrid from a child and adult perspective – both trim and crippled, crass and innocent, on pretend and real. Sometimes it traces the whole heart, sometimes it just feels rotund and tiring. The thing that saves “Factual boys” is the young actors. Jacob Tremblay, who impressed big as a seven-year-old in the drama “Room”, is just as sensitive in the role of Jacob’s love counter, and his friends (Brady Noon as the music-beloved fake dude Thor and Keith L Williams as the unbroken square Lucas) keep pace. the film has reached the age of eleven, and every now and then an urgent tweenie will surely laugh well, be mortally embarrassed and cry a splash for the boy gang’s adventure. Preferably without adults, because as Max says in the movie: “I go in six – I need some time sometimes”.                                                              
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