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Boy

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Taika Waititi
  • 87 mins
  • 15

Summary

Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan who lives on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A young boy is reunited with his absentee father in this quirky, bittersweet coming-of-age-story. It's set in 1984 and takes place on the coast of New Zealand where an 11-year-old schoolboy (James Rolleston) lives with his grandmother. Referred to as "Boy", he is delighted when his dad, Alamein (played by writer/director Taiki Waititi), suddenly returns home. However, it soon becomes clear that Alamein is a narcissistic deadbeat, and he only came back to find the money that he stashed before going to prison. There are some affecting moments as Boy realises that Alamein isn't the best dad in the world, but this isn't a sad, depressing affair. Instead, it is littered with deadpan humour and whimsical fantasy sequences, including a scene where Boy imagines his father re-enacting one of Michael Jackson's music videos. The film may be slight, but there's plenty of charm and wit to engage and amuse.

Credits

Cast

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BoyJames Rolleston
RockyTe Aho Eketone-Whitu
AlameinTaika Waititi
DynastyMoerangi Tihore
KellyCherilee Martin
ChardonnayRickylee Waipuka-Russell
DallasHaze Reweti
MurrayMaakariini Butler
TaneRajvinder Eria
KingiManihera Rangiuaia

Crew

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DirectorTaika Waititi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2017-10-13
Languages
English | Maori
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse
Formats
Colour
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