Ro­gen gives tips to ‘Good Boys’ trio

The Morning Call - - MOVIES - By Bre­Anna Bell

Twelve years after comin­gof-age com­edy “Su­per­bad” shot Seth Ro­gen and Evan Gold­berg to su­per­star­dom, the cre­ative duo in­tro­duced the new gen­er­a­tion of comedic tal­ent with the de­but of “Good Boys” at the Re­gency Vil­lage Theatre in Westwood, Calif.

“Work­ing with peo­ple who aren’t jaded yet by years in Hol­ly­wood is al­ways a good time,” Gold­berg told Va­ri­ety.

“It’s nice to think we might be the ones who jade them,” Ro­gen chimed in, be­fore pro­ducer James Weaver added: “We’re not go­ing to have to deal with the jad­ing un­less there’s a se­quel, which I hope hap­pens.”

Ro­gen and Gold­berg pro­duced the film, which fol­lows three in­no­cent ’tweens (Ja­cob Trem­blay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon) as they go on an ad­ven­ture to es­cape pun­ish­ment and make a name for them­selves among the pop­u­lar crowd in the sixth grade — while armed with their par­ents’ sex toys. The friends, who call them­selves “The Bean Bag Boys,” nav­i­gate the film as naively as any young­ster could — with curs­ing and ig­no­rance to­ward the af­fairs of the op­po­site sex.

Though raunchy, the adults be­hind the R-rated film con­sid­ered the in­no­cence of their young stars when de­cid­ing just how far they could push the bound­aries.

“Ev­ery scene, we would look at and ask, ‘Oh, is this mak­ing us laugh?’ be­cause we didn’t want to have swear­ing for swear­ing’s sake,” writer and pro­ducer Lee Eisen­berg ex­plained to Va­ri­ety. “They’re kids. Even as we edited the movie … we had some of that where it just felt kind of un­nec­es­sary. It didn’t feel like that was the best ver­sion of it.

“We re­ally wanted the kids to feel re­ally sweet and in­no­cent while we were throw­ing them into th­ese adult sit­u­a­tions.”

Trem­blay (who stars as Max), Williams and Noon proved them­selves to be just as sweet as their “Good Boys” char­ac­ters while strolling down the red car­pet, beam­ing with ex­cite­ment.

“This is one of those movies where I love to go and see the au­di­ences’ re­ac­tions to all the jokes,” Trem­blay told Va­ri­ety. “They’ll be laugh­ing so hard and that just brings me such joy.”

Noon (Thor) cred­ited Ro­gen with help­ing the trio take their act­ing to the next level teach­ing them a thing or two about im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

“Ev­ery­one knows who Seth Ro­gen is,” he said. “I feel like (im­prov) is a very im­por­tant skill in dif­fer­ent gen­res, not just com­edy — drama, ro­mance, ev­ery­thing, ac­tion.”

Added Williams (Lu­cas): “I love im­prov-ing now. I would say 90% of the movie is im­prov.”

On being named as a men­tor for the kids, Ro­gen joked: “Whoa. That’s truly a hor­ri­fy­ing thing to hear.”

JON KOPALOFF/GETTY

Brady Noon, from left, Ja­cob Trem­blay and Keith L. Williams at­tend the Pre­miere Of Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures’ “Good Boys" at Re­gency Vil­lage Theatre on Aug. 14 in Westwood, Cal­i­for­nia.

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