BOYS WILL BE GOOD

TWEEN LADS FAC­ING THE CHAL­LENGE OF GROW­ING UP IS AWK­WARDLY FUNNY

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | SCREENLIFE - WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN Boys Good Good Boys opens on Thurs­day.

After writ­ing about their own awk­ward ex­pe­ri­ences in high school in the hit film Su­per­bad, Seth Ro­gen and Evan Gold­berg are turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the tween ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Emmy-nom­i­nated duo pro­duced the MA 15+ rated com­edy Good Boys.

Good Boys is the di­rec­to­rial de­but of com­edy writ­ers Gene Stup­nit­sky and Lee Eisen­berg (The Of­fice, Bad Teacher). It fol­lows three 12-year-old boys as they ditch school and em­bark on an epic jour­ney while car­ry­ing ac­ci­den­tally stolen drugs, be­ing hunted by teenage girls and try­ing to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

Q: How would you explain what is about?

Evan: My el­e­va­tor pitch would be that it is about three boys get­ting in­vited to their first kiss­ing party. And if I could ex­pand that I would say that it’s also about them re­al­is­ing that just be­cause they’ve been friends through el­e­men­tary school doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean they are go­ing to stay friends as adults.

Q: What ap­pealed to you about this story that made you want to pro­duce the film?

Seth: The panic and stress in­volved in be­ing that age was re­lat­able, and we hadn’t seen a lot of it in movies.

Q: The film is not set in a spe­cific place?

Seth: Both Su­per­bad and Good Boys are set in name­less Amer­i­can towns that could be any­where, pre­cisely be­cause we didn’t want to tie them to any­where spe­cific, as the idea was to make them feel as universal and re­lat­able as pos­si­ble.

Q: How do you see the three main kids of the story?

Seth: They are very dif­fer­ent. Max is a lit­tle more ma­ture and feels like he is com­ing into his own as an adult. Thor is not a com­plete child, but his in­ter­ests have noth­ing to do with dat­ing or things like that. And then Lu­cas is just a kid, whose only in­ter­ests are child­ish. This is a film about friend­ship and innocence.

Q: Could you re­late to th­ese char­ac­ters?

Evan: Yes, I would say that I was half­way be­tween Thor and Lu­cas at that age, even though I wasn’t quite as nerdy as him.

Seth: And I was sort of be­tween Max and Thor, be­cause I was a bit of a loud­mouth, while also be­ing a lit­tle more in­ter­ested in grown-up stuff than my friends. I think most peo­ple will see them­selves in some com­bi­na­tion of th­ese char­ac­ters.

Q: And you put them through some awk­ward mo­ments…

Seth: Yes, but the good thing about hu­mour is that it al­ways helps al­le­vi­ate any awk­ward­ness.

Evan: And the kids ap­proach those mo­ments with such innocence that it just makes the jokes even fun­nier.

Q: You have an ex­traor­di­nary young tal­ent in Jacob Trem­blay, who plays Max. What can you say about him?

Seth: Jacob is a se­ri­ous ac­tor, and he added a lot of grav­i­tas to Good Boys. When you are mak­ing a movie about 12-year-olds and you have Jacob Trem­blay, it’s al­most like get­ting Daniel Day-lewis in the sense that you feel like you got the one. He is a huge asset, and he re­ally helps an­chor the film emo­tion­ally.

Q: Why did you choose to have two teenage girls as their main an­tag­o­nists?

Seth: Be­cause there is noth­ing scarier to a 12-year-old than a teenage girl. They were the per­fect vil­lains.

Evan: We love that duo, be­cause at the end of the day they are just try­ing to have a fun night, but th­ese stupid boys are get­ting in the way and that’s re­lat­able too

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