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      The Boys Are Back

      PG-13 Released Sep 25, 2009 1h 44m Comedy Drama List
      73% Tomatometer 124 Reviews 61% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings After the untimely passing of his second wife, Joe (Clive Owen) must deal with his grief as he strives to find a way to raise his sons alone. The boys, Artie and Harry, are trying to cope with their own emotional baggage, so the three decide to throw convention to the wind and live by the words "just say yes." When things go wrong, Joe must find a way to behave more like a parent while maintaining the joys of a more-carefree life. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Great performances by Clive Owen and The Boys save this melodrama from entering into the sappy territory it might have in less competent hands.

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      Ed Koch The Atlantic While not rising to the status of first rate, Boys Are Back is interesting and worth seeing. Jan 17, 2018 Full Review Angie Errigo Empire Magazine Owen reveals a rarely glimpsed warmth and the father and son dynamic has charm, but sappiness keeps the film nice, rather than as good as it might have been. Rated: 3/5 Jan 22, 2010 Full Review Dave Calhoun Time Out Hicks's directing style is straightforward and unfussy - a description you could apply to this big-hearted film as a whole. Rated: 4/5 Jan 22, 2010 Full Review Richard Crouse Richard Crouse Does a good job at showing what it is like to lose someone and have that person remain in your life even when they aren't physically present. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 31, 2021 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Clive Owen shows sides we've not seen on screen before, while Nicholas McNulty and George MacKay give appealingly unaffected performances as his sons. Nov 28, 2020 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens THE BOYS ARE BACK and not a moment to soon. Just say yes" to THE BOYS ARE BACK. Nov 7, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Ken R English performer Clive Owen does well in the role of British sportswriter Joe Warr. The story, written by Simon Carr (ex speechwriter for New Zealand's Prime Minister in the 90s) is loosely based on his own life experiences and adapted for the screen by Allen Cubitt. Perhaps the decision to open the picture with a scene featuring Owen, rather recklessly driving along a crowded beach, at speed, with his young son balanced on the Bonnet – could well be seen as a failure by all concerned at this point of the picture. Being set between the picturesque South Australian coastline and England - it outlines the difficulty ‘Joe' has bringing up his two young sons after the death of his young, second wife. Then come the complications of juggling his job and raising young boys in an isolated country town, offering up many demanding challenges including schooling, connecting with neighbours (Emma Booth truly shines in this situation) and the expectations of controlled parenting, etc. Also highlighted, is the irresponsible destructiveness of teenage party gate-crashers and the aftermath on the family. The lavish on-location Cinematography of Aussie Greig Fraser (Lion '16) adds depth and richness, making it easy to look at. Director Scott Hicks tends to keep the story and his characters reasonably on target (even when certain situations seem somewhat far-fetched) Ex Dire Straits guitarist; Hal Lindes supplies the easy-going, gentle score. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/21 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely brilliant movie, the acting, the light, and subject. Right from the first scene it had me feeling, starting with anger at the dad......boy did I get a paradigm shift! I went in without any knowledge of the film and thought because of the title it would be a bit of a sports movie! how wrong I was. I am glad I watched it without preconception of what it was about. In summing up it was a movie that made me feel, I totally disagree with the "sappy" comment I hate soppy girly movies this is not one of those although tissues may be needed by some! Well worth a second watch for me. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review bill k Somewhat of a bore. Predictable and uninteresting for the most part. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/25/16 Full Review Audience Member not ashames at all to admit that it is my 3rd time watching this movie on Netflix this month. Netflix rating had 2 stars but that's a LIE. you really can't believe everything you see online!!!!! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Owen gives a good performance but the script is uneven. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent film on single parenting. Omgiawd, brought back such memories as to how and why I am so darn organized and a drill sergeant when it comes to mufti-tasking! LOL. Although I hired housekeepers, tutors, and negotiated feel good weekends to help manage the daily round! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After the untimely passing of his second wife, Joe (Clive Owen) must deal with his grief as he strives to find a way to raise his sons alone. The boys, Artie and Harry, are trying to cope with their own emotional baggage, so the three decide to throw convention to the wind and live by the words "just say yes." When things go wrong, Joe must find a way to behave more like a parent while maintaining the joys of a more-carefree life.
      Director
      Scott Hicks
      Producer
      Greg Brenman, Timothy White
      Screenwriter
      Allan Cubitt
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Tiger Aspect Pictures, Southern Light
      Rating
      PG-13 (Thematic Elements|Sexual Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 25, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $783.0K
      Runtime
      1h 44m
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