The Boys Are Back (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Great performances by Clive Owen and The Boys save this melodrama from entering into the sappy territory it might have in less competent hands.


Movie Info

"The Boys Are Back" is the true story of a man who must suddenly raise his two sons alone after the untimely passing of his second wife. The ill-prepared Joe, who is dealing with his own loss, is confronted with the daily challenges of parenthood while coping with his young son Artie's expressions of grief. They soon are joined by Harry, Joe's teenage son from his first marriage, who brings his own personal "baggage" into the mix. Without a roadmap for how to move forward, the three boys decide … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Allan Cubitt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Box Office: $0.8M
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site

Cast


as Joe Warr

as Laura

as Barbara

as Tim Walker

as School Housemaster

as Digby & Paula's Son

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as Artie's Teacher

as Goldfish Boy

as Kangaroo Boy

as Headbutter

as School Secretary

as Newspaper Office PA

as Man on Beach

as Man on Beach

as Woman on Beach

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as Tennis Journalist

as Smart Party Hostess

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as Beach Girl

as Beach Kid

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as Harry's Friend

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Critic Reviews for The Boys Are Back

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (34)

Hicks's directing style is straightforward and unfussy - a description you could apply to this big-hearted film as a whole.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

I felt a level of exasperation with how the character of Joe handled his own children. I'm not a fan of men who have a problem stepping up to the role of a parent.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

Clive Owen gets in touch with his sensitive side in the heartbreaking drama, The Boys Are Back.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Matt's Movie Reviews

It's a fairly standard premise that is, for the most part, employed to middling effect by filmmaker Scott Hicks...

Full Review… | October 24, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

The Boys Are Back is poignant in dealing with the stages of grief but lets up with a bit of fun. Scott Hicks really is back in town.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

A deeply resonant film, driven by strong performances and displaying an open affection that is too rarely depicted between fathers and sons.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
Concrete Playground

Audience Reviews for The Boys Are Back

½

Clive Owen is one of my favorite actors, and I've wanted to watch this for quite a while, just never had time and just kept passing it up. Finally got around to watching it and it's just ok. It's a drama about a sports journalist whose wife dies and he is left to raise their son, along with a son who decides to live with him from a previous marriage. Now he has to juggle his grief, his songs grief, his career, being a single dad, and life in general. The movie has some very touching scenes and sad situations. However, the movie is slow and the characters aren't developed enough that you really feel for them. I'm a sucker for movies where kids are heartbroken("Finding Neverland" or "Incredibly Loud and Extremely Loud"), but here the scenes where the boys have breakdowns didn't effect me much. Having said that, the acting is all very good, it's just the story and direction just didn't work all that great for me. It's worth a watch if you are in the mood for a decent drama, but otherwise just skip over it.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

½

Would earn a higher rating if not for the overly drawn-out and weepy first act - fair enough, the movie had to show us that the hero really loved his amazing wife so that, when she spoke to him from beyond the grave later on, (or seemed to), the viewer would care... but 30 minutes could have been 10 and the filmmaker could have gotten right down to it, and shown us what is really here: a story about a man emerging from his selfishness and facing what he's done wrong to become a good father again. With beautiful cinematography, excellent child acting, and a standout performance by Clive Owen, you'll be glad you stuck with it to the end, but yeesh, that first half-hour...

danperry17
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

½

Good acting but slow and dull.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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