The Boys Are Back

The Boys Are Back

The Boys Are Back

When Joe’s (Clive Owen) wife tragically passes away, he finds himself both grieving and in the throes of single parenthood. Joe throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just says yes". Raising his two boys - a curious six year-old and a rebellious teen - in a household devoid of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless, and on the constant verge of disaster. More

Shot in South Australia, The Boys are Back is from the director of Shine and based on the 2001 memoir by Simon Carr.

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2009Rating: M, Contains Offensive Language & Sexual References104 minsAustralia, UK
Drama
Director:
Allan Cubitt ('Shine', 'Snow Falling on Cedars', 'Hearts in Atlantis ')
Writer:
Allan Cubitt
Cast:
Clive OwenLaura FraserGeorge MacKayEmma LungEmma BoothJulia Blake

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Variety

Variety

This is polished yet authentically moving.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

Clive Owen stars as Joe, a wise cracking sports journalist and absentee father (due to work) in south Australia.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Few films have so poignantly portrayed a father's relationships with his sons as The Boys Are Back.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

When male film stars play yummy widowers with winsome children they normally find themselves a ditzy nanny and end up walking into the sunset as part of a wholesome regrouped nuclear family.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The Boys Are Back is a bit like the parenting it portrays -- at times there is pain, mistakes will be made, but if you can get beyond that, there is pleasure to be found.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

A few weeks back ago, Graeme Mason, the new head of our film commission, put a bit of a breeze up the undies of the people who care about such things, when he said that "drama" was now really no more than an "arthouse" genre.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Clive Owen can be a likable actor, but the character is working against him...And please, please, give us a break from the scenes where the ghost of the departed turns up and starts talking as if she's not dead.

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