In this youth-oriented, melodramatic mystery, a teenage boy stumbles across the unconscious form of an older woman who has just been thrown from a horse in a field near the boys' school he attends. He decides to take the inert woman to his dorm and help her out. When twenty-five-year-old Patty finally wakes up she refuses to allow young John Baker to take her to the hospital. See, unbeknownst to John, wealthy, sophisticated Patty is deeply involved in the mysterious disappearance of baseball pitcher Bud Valentine, but she doesn't tell John about it. He does his best to keep Patty hidden, but it isn't easy as the mean old upperclassmen keep snooping around in hopes of finding Patty. … More
as Patty Vare
as John Baker Jr.
as John Phillips
as Buddy Valentine
as Mr. John Baker
as Officer Kellogg Curr...
as Bill Martone
as John Van Slieder
as John Cooke
as John Murphy
as Jon Heinz
as Jonathan Marco
as Fenton Ray
as Liz Curry
as Tom Vare
as Steve Hunt
as Kellogg Curry Jnr
as Beer Girl
as Mrs. John Baker
as Dr. Paz
as Ellen Vare
as Phil Rains Esq.
as Floor Waxer
as Officer Julie Leroux
as Officer Darryl Cane
as Lieutenant Love
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Critic Reviews for Boys
What begins as an edgy examination of sheltered, selfish kids making stupid choices devolves into a ludicrously mannered celebration of adolescent rebellion.
The actors do a nice job of investing it all with a certain conviction, and there's a fairy-tale tinge to some of the action that gives it a certain charm.
The movie's not helped at all by Ryder, who seems uncomfortable playing femme fatale to these grimy-fingered boys, as if she doesn't believe anyone could feel this adulative about her.
Writer/director Cochran is stronger on capturing the texture surrounding her characters' converging experiences than making much of it when they do get together.
Haas and Ryder let off some serious sparks, even if the screenplay doesn't
Obviously reshot and recut to the point of complete incoherence
Amazingly bland Winona Ryder vehicle.
A small, cramped film about an aimless woman in her mid-20s who becomes involved with an innocent prep school student.
Boys is a love story, or at least that's what the film makers would like us to believe. The problem is, there isn't much emotion present.
It is essentially a coming-of-age movie, but the circumstances are so eccentric and the relationships so unique that Cochran seems to be reaching for something more inscrutable, more ambiguous.
Featherweight to a fault but not likely to generate hatred unless you've shelled out the full eight bucks, it will still exasperate fans who've observed Ryder's gradual escalation into a major star.
Boys is a poorly written and ill conceived drama that never even tries to involve the viewer.
Twenty-five cents to the person who can explain what the point of this exercise was.
Audience Reviews for Boys
Wow this was a bad movie. Taped it off tv as I had never seen it and had liked a few of Winona's older movies. I remember hearing bad reviews on it when it was first out, but figured I'd check it out anyhow. I mean, I like some crap, let's face it. But this..... this was a whole new level. Ten minutes in and I'm already bored crapless. Ugly film to look at, not a whole lot happening in story either...I stuck with it to see what all the flashbacks were hinting at. Surely be interesting at the end... but no, lame as, and don't even get me started on the ending. I mean, where the hell where they running off to?! And Winona's acting in this was like she was mentally challenged, not injured. Extremely ill advised. Avoid.More
This film is one of those unfortunates that would have been great, but just didn't. Great music regardless!More
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