DVD - 2013
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The year is 1984, and on the rural east coast of New Zealand Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is changing kids' lives. 'Boy' is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky and his Nan. When Boy's father, Alamein, returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he had been looking for.


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May 18, 2017

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

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…

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.

Oct 04, 2016

Didn't have any problems with the dialog / accent, but found the story tremendously sad. Maori kids whose mother died, the father left, Grandma goes off to a funeral and the kids look after themselves. Dad comes home but is still a kid himself, ex-con, can't take care of his family and isn't much of an inspiration. The main kid - Boy, asks his teacher early on what does "potential" mean? Later says, he has no potential, but looking after the other kids he seems to have more potential and healthy sense of reality than most of the adults in the film.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

I might have enjoyed this film more had I been able to understand much more of the dialogue. Unfortunately, there were no subtitles, the volume fluctuates, and many of the characters have heavy accents that can be hard to understand when one does not have the greatest speakers.

TSCPL_MichelleS Jun 01, 2016

Heartwarming coming-of-age story of a young Maori boy in the 1980s. Told tenderly and with humor.

Apr 05, 2016

Couldn't hear, so gave up.

Aug 12, 2015

Like someone else said, can’t believe there isn’t any sub tittles, very hard to hear at times. We had a hard time getting into this movie but once we did we found it to be a good movie. Lots of cute moments but overall this is a drama, not a comedy. Not worth all the hype but still worth the watch.

May 22, 2015

A Maori [New Zealand] community and family experiencing the trials and tribulations of modern life worldwide. Excellent movie. No surrender, no retreat, no compromise.

Mar 07, 2015

We had trouble getting into this one, mostly because it seemed kind of sad that the kids involved were so neglected. I realize that's part of the story and all, but we found we weren't drawn in quickly enough and so we dropped out part-way through.

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Jun 17, 2018

Violence: One scene with over the top violence

Jun 17, 2018

Coarse Language: This title contains coarse language


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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.'

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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Nov 28, 2013

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