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  • Actors: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston
  • Directors: Taika Waititi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBVWXCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Totally Fresh. Genuinely heartwarming and hilarious! --Vanity Fair

Alternately zany, sentimental, and remarkably insightful! --IndieWire

Delightful! --Roger Ebert

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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'' (James Rolleston) is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. While Boy idolizes Michael Jackson his other hero is his father, Alamein (played by director / writer Taika Waititi), who is a distant memory to him, but is the subject of Boy's dreams and fantasies. Boy imagines his father as a deep sea diver, a war hero and a close relative of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him), but in reality he's ''in the can for robbery''. When 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 hoping for. Inspired by the Oscar nominated ''Two Cars, One Night'', BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

FROM ACCLAIMED WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER & ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE TAIKA WAITITI (Eagle vs Shark, HBO's ''Flight of the Conchords'', MTV's ''The Inbetweeners'')

OFFICIAL SELECTION SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD AFI FEST

WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER: GRAND PRIX/BEST FEATURE FILM BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER: JURY PRIZE / CINEKID LION CINEKID FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA

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OK, I have to admit this movie is pretty predictable.
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I enjoyed it very much The movie had charm, and the heart.
Luna
I have passed the DVD on to my sister and she loved it.
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One of the reasons I like small indie films is that every now and then you come across a real gem. Taika Waititi's film, Boy, definitely qualifies. Set in 1984 in New Zealand, Boy is a coming-of-age comedy drama about an 11-year-old Maori boy - nicknamed Boy (winningly played by James Rolleston) - who worships pop star Michael Jackson and lives, along with a younger brother, an indeterminate number of cousins and a pet goat, with his grandmother in a rural Maori community on the coast. All of the kids lack parents, in Boy's case because his mother died giving birth to his younger brother and because his father hasn't been around for years, a condition for which Boy makes up elaborate fantasies, which the film reveals in the opening scene were Boy is giving a prepared talk to his class at school:

"Kia ora. My name is Boy, and welcome to my interesting world. My favorite person is Michael Jackson. He is the best singer and dancer in the world. My favorite subjects are art, social studies and Michael Jackson. I have a six-year-old brother called Rocky. He's got powers. I'm named after my dad. He can dance as good as Michael Jackson. He's a master carver, deep sea treasure diver, soldier, captain of the rugby team and he holds the record for punching out the most number of people with one hand. My dad isn't here right now. He's a busy man. When he comes home he's taking me to see Michael Jackson - live. The end."

The reality of Boy's situation however quickly becomes clear when a classmate named Kingi taunts him after his talk:

Kingi: "You're a liar. Your dad's not overseas; he's in jail for robbery."
Boy: "Shut up Kingi! You don't know!"
Kingi: "Yes, he's in the same cell block as my dad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Isquierdo on August 2, 2013
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This movie is one of my new favorites and I recommend it to everyone. Everyone from young to old will appreciate this witty movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bouncy on August 21, 2013
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Boy brought back memories of my childhood. Not all of them pleasant, but all of them a reminder of who I am and how far I have journeyed in life. Throughout the difficult times of my life, my Maori sense of humour has always helped me through. Taika Waititi understands this and portrays it through all of his characters. This is movie is bittersweet for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy K. Jensen on August 12, 2013
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I absolutely adore this movie, and can watch it over and over again. It's such a sweet, funny story. The main character, Boy, age 11, worships his absentee father that he's glamorized in his mind (though he's actually in jail), and one day, ol' dad returns. Boy tries to be like his father and tries to impress him, and over time, slowly starts to see his father for who he really is - and that's a guy who's not so great after all. His younger brother, Rocky, is the sensitive, perceptive one, and he has a special little storyline that just makes me love him even more. I never expected to fall in love with a goat, either, but damnit if they don't make you love that animal! The entire movie takes place over a very short time frame (maybe a week?) and we get to see how much Boy changes over that time. I laughed, I cried, and I've watched it several times since I bought it (and have also made others watch it). At an hour and a half running time, it's an easy flick to fit in to even the busiest schedules. Highly recommend.
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By mark Haynes on July 8, 2014
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Quirky, angular, funny, original. Great film!
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By Luna on April 3, 2014
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Very cute but a bit sad as well. I enjoyed it very much The movie had charm, and the heart.
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By J. Rager on March 17, 2014
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I watched a trailer for this movie back when it originally debuted at the showcase circuit, and I wanted to watch it ever since then. Unfortunately for me it didn't ever play in the US (at least where I live), and for years it wasn't available on DVD either. I finally got the chance to watch it via amazon streaming service and found it to be worth the wait. The story is both heart-breaking and comical. My children both enjoyed it as well.
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By Jason on January 18, 2014
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Great movie , my favorite , such a great display of a little kids mind and a fathers care free wreck less ness .. Happy ending
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