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My Boys Are Good Boys


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  • Actors: Ralph Meeker, Ida Lupino, Lloyd Nolan, David Doyle, Sean Roche
  • Directors: Bethel Buckalew
  • Writers: Bethel Buckalew, Fred F. Finklehoffe
  • Producers: Ralph Meeker, Bethel Buckalew, Colleen Meeker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WPJSUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Boys Are Good Boys" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Teenagers plot a robbery with the help of their ring-leader mother.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 30, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I think the other reviewers here did not get the trick ending of this film and thus their negative evaluation.

Yes, the film is not well-acted, but few B-movies really are, and, yes, the plot has holes (but few films, past or present, are plotted seamlessly), but nobody can know the worth of this film until the last five minutes of it -- when all is revealed -- and the boys are, in the end, really good boys, though they are equally foolish dupes, like some adult men often are, to scheming women with money on their minds.

Ida Lupino and Ralph Meeker, who have given great performances in the past, are just mediocre here. Lloyd Nolan is the only actor in the film who seems to hold his own with authenticity and style and realism.

But this story is like an O. Henry short story: the ending is something you would not have anticipated and the ending is what redeems all the time a viewer will spend watching this film. You do need patience to watch this film, and the first five minutes are a complete waste of time, but I promise that if you stick with it, the ending of the film makes all the difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 22, 2014
Format: DVD
Rarely in the history of cinema has a title lied so overtly. "My Boys Are Good Boys" is a terrible film in every way, featuring a bunch of very bad boys. Starting with the loathsome title song (complete with noxious synthesizer solo, a soundtrack trend that persists through the entire ordeal,) through a ridiculous plot about a bunch of youthful convicts pulling an armored truck job, this movie is one of the worst of the late 1970s. Ralph Meeker and Ida Lupino star as a perniciously crabby couple with awful children, one of whom, Tommy (Sean Roche,) is the leader of the JD breakout and is a grisly overactor (though Tommy isn't necessarily the biggest family problem as the tawdry surprise ending reveals.) Sadly Tommy's not alone in his performance: everyone is chewing the scenery here, and the dialogue and direction sink what was already an uninteresting story that fails to elicit sympathy for any of the protagonists.

This movie is boring and vapid. The acting is amateurish despite the presence of some modestly big name actors (most notably Lupino, Meeker, and Lloyd Nolan,) while the plot is riddled with holes, is wholly unrealistic, and is just plain boring (just how is it that all the adults are so dimwitted and gullible, anyway?)

Let's just call it what it is: this is a grind.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray on February 26, 2014
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here is a link to a movie review that tells you all you need to know about how terrible this film is:

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ray Stephanson on March 8, 2010
Format: DVD
My Boys are Good Boys, 1978 film

The film begins at night in front of a liquor store. A man runs out, shots are fired. A police car shows up, there is a crash. Next we see a jail for teenagers. There is a conflict in the bathroom. One inmate has a visitor, his father. We learn why he is there, Tommy has an attitude. "There's not one bad kid in the whole bunch." [Wishful thinking?] Will those boys pull a trick on their jailer? Will Prissy make an error in judgment? Bess commands her home. There is subtle humor in this story. [Are those adults really that gullible?] An armored truck makes a cash pickup. What did they learn in reform school? What kind of gas was in those cans? Will they escalate their crimes? Is there a flaw in their plans? "This is just like a movie." [A really bad movie?]

There is an unmarked car that checks on the armored truck. The older man is suspicious, and calls for help. One guard resists. A car chase to create action. The gang gathers the loot. What if the getaway car won't start? [More comedy?] A stuck gas pedal? Will they get back in time for a perfect alibi? [It is a movie.] Bert Morton is questioned about his lack of a warning. Bess gives him a lecture. "Can it!" Morton remembers things. There is emotional conflict at home. [Some sort of psychological explanation?] Dan Montgomery visits them to ask questions. "Kids are lousy liars", they need years of practice to lie like adults. Harry Klinger has a secret. There is a big surprise at the end! Did you get the clue? The loose ends remain untied.

This is a typical drive-in movie and morality play. It won't win any awards. Ida Lupino and Lloyd Nolan were big movie stars in their day and show their talents in this barely average story. Was the composition of this gang modeled on the old "Our Gang" comedies?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunshine on July 11, 2014
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