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Boys is a coming-of-age tale about an addled prep school student who nurses a woman back to health after an accident and becomes involved in her cryptic past. John Baker Jr. (Lukas Haas) is a tormented high school senior outcast who's weary of his upper-crust boarding school life and dreads his future as a supermarket chain manager. When he finds Patty Vare (Winona Ryder) unconscious in a field after being thrown from a horse, Baker sees this as an opportunity to break out of his humdrum
May 10, 1996 Wide
Mar 4, 2003
John Baker Jr.
John C. Reilly
Officer Kellogg Curry
Mr. John Baker
Officer Julie Leroux
Mrs. John Baker
Officer Darryl Cane
Phil Rains Esq.
Kellogg Curry Jnr
John Van Slieder
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.
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.
What begins as an edgy examination of sheltered, selfish kids making stupid choices devolves into a ludicrously mannered celebration of adolescent rebellion.
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.
Boys is a poorly written and ill conceived drama that never even tries to involve the viewer.
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