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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
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Screenwriting cousins Jeff and Gregg Sherman team up to craft this documentary exploring the darker side of the relationship shared between their famous fathers, Robert and Richard. Back in the 1960s, Robert and Richard Sherman rose to fame penning upbeat songs for such classic children's films as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But the pair's catchy, optimistic ditties masked a contentious brotherly bond -- which ultimately grew so sour that their sons Jeff and Gregg weren't aware of

Nov 30, 2010

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The film holds their Disney songs in such high esteem, and discusses them with such little context, that The Boys sometimes feels as though it is set in Disneyland, not the real world.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's a solid chapter in the history of American popular song, an examination of Walt Disney's final career triumphs, a glimpse at both the daily grind and the eureka moments of songwriting, and a story of family dynamics all rolled into one.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The story of the men who wrote them in the golden age of Walt Disney Studios' movie musicals, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, is one of the most fascinating chronicles of creative partnership never told.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A touching and illuminating documentary about the songwriting duo.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
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An excellent film -- entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An absorbing study in creative tension.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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...an affable, sporadically intriguing (yet somewhat underwhelming) piece of work.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary that charts not only a story of tremendous success but sibling rivalry as well.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Well-paced and full of anecdotal information, clips from the brothers' movies, and interviews with people who worked with them . . . . It's rich with history, and not just personal history.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The documentary covers 80 years of their lives, from a happy childhood right through to the present day, covering their personal and professional lives and offering a glimpse of their particular creative process.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Film buffs and cineastes will find the doc's inside-show biz stories a real treat.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A lively, engrossing, fascinating and well-edited documentary. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally.

May 23, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Evocative and intriguing, spiced by lush, radiant movie clips illustrating the Sherman brothers' glorious legacy of music.

May 19, 2009 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

Although it doesn't quite uncover the dark underbelly of the sunniest songwrites in film history, this swell documentary about the Sherman brothers is full of great I-can't-believe-they-wrote-THAT-too moments and a fairly compelling narrative of the strange, strained relationship the two brothers had (have) behind the surface of Disney smiles. Chim-Chim-Cher-Whee!
May 29, 2009
Jeff Talbott

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A true work of love by two sons whose fathers no longer communicate. Those fathers are the Sherman brothers, authors of most of the charming and sickly sweet Disney movies of the sixties. A grand creativity fueled by the feuding of siblings. It is a story laid out in a very nice package.
September 1, 2010
John Ballantine

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