Boy

Boy

DVD - 2010
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It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king - even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters.
Publisher: [Australia] :, Universal Studios,, 2010.
Branch Call Number: FILM
Characteristics: 1 DVD (113 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
Region 2, Region 4
Notes: In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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jedgerton1
Apr 04, 2021

This movie is extremely funny!!!

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Dadjoe1
Jan 13, 2021

Very funny. Use headphones if you can, to appreciate this masterpiece by Taika Waititi. Brilliant!

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Byond
Jan 03, 2021

Well received critically and a NYT critic's pick. Called a comedy-drama on wiki, seems right.
Numerous public commenters were put off by the dialect; did not prove a hindrance to my enjoyment.
The locale, music and dance were a help as well.
They cast young people who proved extremely effective.
Heartwarming. Some might say somewhat manipulative, I think there's enough to recommend treating yourself to a good time (if this cup of tea can do that for you).

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dbearcarter
Sep 18, 2020

Needs subtitles...

LPL_TraciB Sep 10, 2020

If you're looking for something fantastic to watch, I highly recommend Boy! Set in New Zealand in the mid-80’s, Boy is a Michael Jackson obsessed 11-year-old with a younger brother who believes he has supernatural powers. Parts of the film are heartbreaking as Boy’s larger-than-life fantasies about his absentee father, played by Taika Waititi, are shattered when he comes for a visit. But the film is also charming and heart-warming. Keep watching after it seems like it's over. Because it's not! There’s a fabulous surprise! Another great Taika Waititi film.

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BertBailey
Aug 18, 2019

I'd heard excellent things about this flick by Taika Waititi--the New Zealander talent behind 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' which I thought was excellent. Unfortunately they don't have the Closed Captions that anyone who's hearing impaired needs.
So, simply, I could not watch it. He's also the writing/directing talent of several other flicks that I gather are as fresh, original, free of Hollywood-like ingratiation (Thor, Ragnarok; What We Do in the Shadows; and Eagle vs Shark). Unfortunately, they too suffer from the same oversight.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2019

Nursebob's comments are always well written and true. No exceptions here. Only point to add is that the theme is about the coming of age for both boy and his young father, growing up with little potential for a "better" future. Nice catchy Māori dance video and sound track, a tribute to Michael Jackson's universal dance moves.

Note: The New Zealand dialect is a bit hard to decipher at times. Wish there is subtitles. The 11 minutes short film is worth a watch, directed by Taika Waititi who played dad Alamein as well.

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miaone
May 18, 2017

I read the comments and decided it wasn't for me, after all. Didn't watch it.

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Nursebob
May 04, 2017

If the plot sounds clichéd and gloomy writer/director Taika Waititi (who also plays dad) serves it up with such wit and self-effacing charm, not to mention winning performances from his young Maori cast, that you can’t help but smile even through some of the more painful scenes. Unlike the world weary grade-school midgets portrayed in 2005’s "12 And Holding", Waititi’s kids are not mini-adults but rather fully fleshed children with all their silliness and nascent wisdom intact—Boy's brother Rocky believes he has uncontrollable super powers which accidentally killed his mother when he was born; Boy fancies himself a Polynesian Michael Jackson with the baddest moves (the film takes place in 1984); and Boy’s cousin doles out tween ennui while strutting around in an oversized fur wrap and high heels. Waititi still knows how it feels to be a little kid in a big world and his film’s many segues into simple fantasy embellish the story rather than distract whether it’s Rocky’s crayon drawings moving across the page or Boy, upon watching his father being roughed up by a biker gang, imagines him starring in a low-budget version of Jackson’s “Beat It” video instead. And when the children visit their mother’s grave which they covered in their own loving graffiti, it’s difficult to keep a dry eye. If the poverty and neglect seem downplayed it’s only because the camera is filming from the vantage point of an impressionable young lad who can still sense goodness long after adults have given up. With a disarmingly natural script and amiable performances (even dad and his slapstick gang grow on you) as well as those clever touches—with kids named Falcon Crest and Dallas you know television is Waihau Bay’s major source of entertainment—Waititi has produced a real winner. Childhood’s joys, pains, and sundry mortifications are all served up with warmth and just a touch of magic. Be sure to sit through the closing credits…

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Janice21383
Feb 13, 2017

Funny, and sad. Boy is a coming of age/meet bad dad story you have seen more than once, but it's balanced by some insightful writing and acting, particularly by the young actor in the title role, and Taika Waititi. I have only seen him as the cultivated vampire in What We Do In the Shadows (also highly recommended) and in interviews as his charming self. Here he plays a completely different character, and plays it well. You may not want your children to watch this movie, because of the (soft) drug use and swearing, but I urge you to show it to them anyway. Children are growing up like this all over the world, even in your town. Re.: accents -- I thought I would need subtitles for a short time, but it's not important you catch every word. Suck it up, people; this is a good film you should see.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2019

These ones not in IMDb but almost as quotable:

Looks like we might have an orator on our hands, eh?
-What's that? Oh, yeah, my dad was good at that.
Yeah, I went to school with him. Yeah, he was a good student. Like you, full of potential. Finish to the end here and go home, eh?
-Hey, Mr. Langston, what does that word mean... 'potential'?
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"Potential. Not now ma... ni... fest, or showing signs of ex... is... tence or activity."
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-I'm like him more than you. Me and him have the most potential.
What's that?
-If you don't know it, you ain't got it. That's what makes me cool and you an egg.
How did you get it?
-You get it when you're born. It's too late for you. Sorry.
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I thought I was like you... but I'm not. I don't have any potential.

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jimg2000
Aug 17, 2019

I'm sorry I am like I am sometimes. I get angry. A bit like the Hulk. He gets angry. He's usually helping people, but sometimes he loses control, but he's not a bad guy. Mainly he's a good guy. Think you can handle having The Incredible Hulk for a dad?
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Thanks, Boy.
- Don't call me that anymore.
What, "Boy"?
- Yeah. I don't like it.
Well, what about Fonzie?
- Just call me Little Shogun.
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That's all I need... me. I am the Crazy Horses. I'm the Shogun. I'm all alone on this planet. Shit, man, I'm E.T.

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Curiouskind
May 31, 2017

Holden and Boy, car scene.

Holden: 'You've been missing out on all the fun; we pushed Barry off the wharf yesterday.'

Boy: 'Don't have time for that good stuff. I've been working, trying to get out of this dump.'

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Curiouskind
May 31, 2017

Holden talking to Boy, car scene.

Holden: 'Awff, this car smells like marijuana [from residual adult activity]. You shouldn't smoke that; you'll end up like the rest of them dopeheads -- laughing at nothing and crying at everything.'

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AMerr22
Jun 17, 2018

Violence: One scene with over the top violence

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AMerr22
Jun 17, 2018

Coarse Language: This title contains coarse language

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