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½ November 16, 2017
Taika Waititi might just be the king of offbeat coming-of-age movies. "Boy" is a charming, funny, and heartfelt story
October 29, 2017
Loved this movie. Heartfelt and realistic with the heartstrings being pulled in every direction.
½ May 21, 2017
Fantastic. Great fun film.
April 8, 2017
This was a devastating experience. I was not expecting it, but I was bawling at the end. For anyone who has made poor choices or dealt with great loss, this movie will be sure to touch a nerve.
March 13, 2017
Fun, quirky, memorable characters. And stylish filmmaking. This is an indie gem from down under.
March 8, 2017
A wonderful look at family obstacles and coming of age storytelling . Recommend. Also, the film is 1hr 27mins, not 9 mins.
½ January 22, 2017
Not as good as Hunt for the Wilderpeople but still very fun and thoughtful
½ December 21, 2016
A quirky coming of age movie for a New Zealand youth who idolizes his delinquent father who just reappeared in his life. I spent a good part of this movie not liking the main character, whose nickname is actually Boy. But by the end he became likable and everything was tied up in a neat little bow. This movie will tug on your heartstrings but will also make you laugh. I'm docking a star for some pacing issues.
I am quickly becoming a Taika Waititi fan.
½ November 8, 2016
Unendingly sweet and gentle, Waititi knocks it out of the park with Boy, a poignant, simple tale that will make you smile from the very start. Not as instantly accessible as his later movies but still well worth a watch.
August 14, 2016
The strange humor of the writing gives life to the cast of quirky characters.
½ August 13, 2016
didn't enjoy this one as the movie didn't seem to have a point except maybe what life looks like after the mother passes away from child birth and the father is childish, lazy and irresponsible to look after the 5 children who are left to fend for themselves.
July 15, 2016
Taika Waititi's debut film doesn't exactly have a tight storyline, but it's more than made up by the exuberant editing, offbeat charm, and endearing child acting.
½ July 7, 2016
Now this is more like it!
Great movie from New Zealand.
½ May 31, 2016
Beautiful and well crafted with a light, sensitive hand. Wonderful performances from the young actors. Lovely.
May 29, 2016
Film Review
Justin Eagle Gauthier

Set in 1984, Maori writer, actor, director, Taika Waititi's Boy is a masterful look at nostalgia and relationships. Waititi captures a slice of time in the life of an 11 year-old boy nicknamed (wait for it) Boy, living in a completely rural part of Eastern New Zealand. As a work of fiction, this film does an excellent job of welcoming viewers. Production values are modest but feel accurate, Waititi and crew have created a unique world for their characters to play in. New Zealand shines here, the countryside is as verdant and vibrant as ever. You fully expect the fellowship of the ring to march over a hill into a scene at any second.

Taika Waititi is responsible for several masterworks in the emerging, contemporary New Zealand film renaissance. His early efforts include 2007's romantic comedy Eagle vs Shark, a film that successfully carried the torch of the nerd comedy phenomenon sparked by Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and was kindled by Tim Skousen's much underappreciated The Sasquatch Gang (2006). Waititi is a prominent figure in the global indigenous film circuit and has expressed at different times throughout his career a responsibility to portray Maori people in real and respectful ways. In an interview from March 2015 on The Cuts With Sterlin Harjo podcast, Waititi stated that he feels, "...a responsibility in that I don't want to embarrass my family, or Maori people. Even if, like, in Boy the dad is a complete idiot, it doesn't really paint Maori dads in a good light. I hope that people are mature enough to know that it's just about an idiot dad, it's not because he's Maori."

The characters in Boy make the film, from the strong debut of James Rolleston as Boy to the blustering, plucky performance of Taika Waititi as the father, Alamein. These two performances anchor the film. The twin themes of nostalgia and relationship play themselves out in the starry-eyed hero-worship Boy attempts to imprint on his father. While the father embodies the back-and-forth of arms-length distancing to reckless abandon that some young men mistake for maturity. These characters, performing Waititi's screenplay, transport the viewer not only in time but also in place and emotion. Not everyone knows what it's like to sit in a car late at night outside of a bar and have to entertain yourself until your parent(s) decide(s) to go home. Those of us who have had that experience recognize the nuance with which Waititi treats his characters and his story.
April 18, 2016
New Zealand's Taika Waititi is a fine director. His first feature "Eagle vs Shark" was mildly amusing - but his second, "Boy" is quite good. It's a coming of age story for a poor kid in New Zealand who's mother is dead, his grandmother is out of town...and then the father he worships comes home...and he has to slowly come to the realization that his dad isn't really all that great. The kid playing the lead is great, and Waititi himself is fantastic as the deadbeat convict dad. A fine little movie.
March 14, 2016
Beautiful and sad and funny and good for my hangover
½ February 12, 2016
Has a Wes Anderson sense of whimsy, a bit of humor, and a boy with a lot of potential.
½ January 10, 2016
The back cover of the DVD says this movie is a comedy, but really it is the tragedy of the loss of childhood myths and fantasies interspersed with hilarious moments.
January 9, 2016
Whimsical, poignant & quirky. A film that shows how a kid loves his father even though he's a complete twat! Well worth a viewing.
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