Honey Boy

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Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.



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From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature acting debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.


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  • The director Alma Har'el does play with time and reality throughout but there remains a genuine heart to LaBeouf's script, the clear-eyed work of a man at pains trying to figure out how delving into his past might help fix his present.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Top Critic
  • Weaving together two separate timelines, filmmaker Alma Har'el (of the arty documentaries Bombay Beach and LoveTrue) gives LaBeouf's vulnerable exercise a purposely unruly shape, mapping the chaos of addiction with guts and style

    Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tomris Laffly

    Time Out
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  • It's riveting drama, always existing as a personal, meta piece for a man openly and artistically dealing with his past.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As a glorified form of drama therapy, Honey Boy is fascinating.

    Jan 27, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • If Honey's arc feels stamped in an certain kind of indie template, it still builds a sneaky kind of emotional capital.

    Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • In many ways [it] resembles other films about chaotic childhoods, alcoholism, and abuse. It distinguishes itself in the manner it weaves the concerns of an actor into that trauma.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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