Thursday, April 26, 2012

movie night: Boy (2010)

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 called Leaf, his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has super powers) and several cousins. Shortly after Gran leaves for a Tangihanga (funeral) in Wellington 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 coming of age movie, made by a New Zealand-er comedian, was so entertaining.  matt and i decided to head to the movies and grab burgers tonight.  i like movies that take you back to a specific time-period and does it so well without being cheesy.  this takes place in the 80s... obviously when i grew up!  the dad's immature, irresponsible, and goofy behavior is reprehensible yet charming.  this movie reminds me of my childhood with my little to some extent.  reminds us as adults that children are a lot smarter and more aware than we think.  even though it touches on some serious issues, it cuts through with witty dialogue and funny antics.

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