The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

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"The Boys" documents the extraordinary lives of two radically diverse siblings: the multi-award-winning songwriting team-- the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman). The documentary traces the origins of their remarkable careers--from their childhood and young adulthood, through a six-decade collaboration that included 50 motion pictures and a catalogue of more than a thousand songs for television, records, theme parks and stage.
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PG (for mild thematic elements, smoking images kand brief language)
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Critic Reviews for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
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.

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
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.

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

I enjoyed learning more about the lives of some of my absolute favorite songwriters, but I felt like this movie could have been made better. It has an amateurish quality, although I realize it was made by the kids of the Sherman Brothers. It did have its moments. It wasn't quite what I expected though as it was a fairly saddening story. (First and only viewing - 1/23/2011)

Adam R
Adam R

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 Vargo
Jason Vargo

Super Reviewer

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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