The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

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As contract songwriters for Disney, Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman compose many of the studio's best-loved hits, including "It's a Small World (After All)" and songs from "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book" and many more. Their prolific professional collaborations result in many awards, including two Oscars. However, a deep, longstanding rift strikes a sour note in the brothers' personal relationship.

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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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A touching and illuminating documentary about the songwriting duo.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

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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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • An absorbing study in creative tension.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An irresistible documentary about the inexhaustible sibling songwriting duo Richard and Robert Sherman.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 22, 2012
    Historical in every possible way, it's hard to remember The Boys is supposed to focus on the men behind the music and not necessarily the music itself. Not because they are uninvolving people, but because the music is beyond legendary. The film falters only in its running time, wanting to cover as much ground as possible instead of worrying about the playability of the product. Not exhaustive, but exhausting. Not flattering, but almost ego stroking. Sure, these two men are legends in some circles, but their personal relationship? It seems like something for the family to work out behind closed doors. Major points for the doc, though, for not ending in the way one would expect. In other words, not like a typical Disney movie.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2010
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2009
    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!
    Jeff T Super Reviewer

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