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Boys (1996)

Boys (1996)




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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
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stacy Cochran
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Touchstone Pictures


Winona Ryder
as Patty Vare
Lukas Haas
as John Baker Jr.
Wiley Wiggins
as John Phillips
Skeet Ulrich
as Buddy Valentine
Chris Cooper
as Mr. John Baker
John C. Reilly
as Officer Kellogg Curr...
Bill Sage
as Bill Martone
Matt Malloy
as Bartender
Russell Young
as John Van Slieder
Spencer Vrooman
as John Murphy
Andy Davis
as Jonathan Marco
James LeGros
as Fenton Ray
Maddie Corman
as Liz Curry
Rob Carlton
as Tom Vare
John Fitzpatrick
as Steve Hunt
James Gardiner
as Kellogg Curry Jnr
Cheryl Goode
as Beer Girl
Jessica Harper
as Mrs. John Baker
Miranda Syp
as Ellen Vare
John Reeves
as Phil Rains Esq.
Carter McNeese
as Floor Waxer
Angela Hall
as Officer Julie Leroux
Bob Moore
as Officer Darryl Cane
David Paulson
as Lieutenant Love
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Critic Reviews for Boys

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

As vague and unfocused as its title.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Writer/director Cochran is stronger on capturing the texture surrounding her characters' converging experiences than making much of it when they do get together.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A small, cramped film about an aimless woman in her mid-20s who becomes involved with an innocent prep school student.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


This film is one of those unfortunates that would have been great, but just didn't. Great music regardless!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


Poor Winona Ryder. One grand larceny charge and her career goes into the toilet faster than a 99 cent Taco Bell burrito.


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