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The Boys Are Back (2009)

Clive Owen , Laura Fraser , Scott Hicks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, George MacKay, Erik Thomson, Emma Booth
  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boys Are Back" on IMDb

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Clive Owen delivers a critically acclaimed performance in THE BOYS ARE BACK, the heartwarming and uplifting drama about a man who is suddenly thrust into the role of single parent. Successful sportswriter Joe Warr (Owen) finds himself completely unprepared to raise his rambunctious 6-year-old son Artie and juggle the challenges of a demanding job, running a household and the possibility of romance. Determined to bring joy back into their lives, he develops a revolutionary approach to parenting no rules, no chores. It's a home filled with love and chaos and then Joe's estranged teenage son comes for a visit. Inspired by a true story and filled with emotional honesty, this poignant film will touch your heart and lift your spirits.

Bonus Features include: THE BOYS ARE BACK: A Photographic Journey With Optional Commentary By Director Scott Hicks, A Father And Two Sons, On Set

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chic flick for guys December 6, 2009
The essence of THE BOYS ARE BACK is "fatherhood", i.e. what it means to be a Dad. It's an absolutely lovely film absolutely worth seeing.

Joe Warr (Clive Owen) suddenly finds himself a single father when his young wife Katy (Laura Fraser) precipitously dies of intestinal cancer. Joe, the lead and oft-on-the-road sportswriter for Melbourne's major newspaper, must now connect with his six-year old son Artie (Nicholas McAnulty). Coming to visit from England is his 14-year old son from a previous marriage, Harry (George MacKay), whom Joe pretty much abandoned to his first wife years before on their divorce.

THE BOYS ARE BACK is about male bonding - father with motherless son, father with fatherless son, brother with half-brother. In this clubhouse, the women, whether it be Joe's mother-in-law Barbara (Julia Blake) or potential new significant-other Laura (Emma Booth), are almost intruders.

Filmed mostly on Australia's striking south coast and with a soundtrack featuring haunting songs by Iceland's Sigur Rós, this film contains what is perhaps Clive Owen's finest and most nuanced performance to date. I wouldn't be surprised if Owen is nominated for an Oscar for this role, which is the best by a male actor I've seen in 2009.

Too often, I think, the societal presumption is that children of marriages broken by death or divorce are better off with mothers, that fathers are somehow less loving and less skilled at parenting. At least in this must-see film, that is emphatically not the case.

I left the screening keen on THE BOYS ARE BACK more than I can adequately express.

P.S. 1/21/2010 Now that 2009 is finished, I must say that Owen's performance, while not THE best of 2009, is one of three best, joining Morgan Freeman of INVICTUS and Jeff Bridges of CRAZY HEART. Good company, that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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From the memoir written by Simon Carr and directed by Scott Hicks, this gorgeously filmed (Greig Fraser) movie begins with Joe Warr (Clive Owen) as a happily married husband and loving father to their young son, Artie (Nicholas McAnulty). The family resides in a colorfully shown Australia while he works as an important sports writer. Warr and his wife, Katie (Laura Fraser), are out during one evening and she suddenly drops to the floor without warning. She is terminally ill. A brokenhearted Warr tenderly takes care of Katie along with his son. Clive Owen provides a personally poignant and stirring portrayal of a convincingly take-action husband and father which appears almost effortless.

Their son Artie is a totally free-spirited little boy. He remains aloof to the situation with his mother as she passes away quickly and Warr is left to care for his son, job, home, and to manage everything that he never did before. His mother-in-law, "Nana", is in their home on and off trying to guide Joe in the ways of raising his precocious little boy, who states while in his class at school that "cat food looks better than it tastes". Warr sees things differently while learning to understand all that is involved in the grieving process of his son; anger, outbursts, laughter, indifference, and the closeness that Artie needs.

We quickly understand that Joe was married before and has another son, Harry (George MacKay). He has been at a highbrow prep school and comes to visit his father, who he barely knows, and meet his little brother for the first time. The two boys are vastly different coming from two different worlds. Harry first appears disenfranchised with being a part of this new-found threesome until his father is able to smooth over the familial culture shock.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly under-rated February 20, 2010
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This is a great little movie, sadly under-rated, with wonderful performances by all cast members. I know many reviews have praised young Nicholas McAnulty and, yes, Nicholas is brilliant - especially when you remember that he is an inexperienced 6 year old! On the other hand I felt that George Mackay, as the older brother Harry, stole the show! Absolutely wonderful performance by this young man with a great acting future ahead of him, I'm sure!

I may be a little prejudiced when it comes to this movie since I'm a HUGE Clive Owen fan and, because it was filmed where I live, I was fortunate enough to be a part of it - albeit as an extra but what a wonderful experience!

In a world of mix 'n' match families, this is a must see movie! As for the South Australian location - well that is a bonus!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie, from one who has been there October 25, 2010
A brilliant movie. As someone who has been there, being a widowed male in my late 30's with a 3 year old child, I could identify readily with so many aspects of the film. The behaviour of the grieving child was exceptionally real, in my experience.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie blast March 9, 2010
Well written and endearing - sad and emotional and a real lesson about parenting under onerous circumstances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Accomplished February 28, 2010
It is worthwhile to consider that this film is intended to follow very closely the long-leash child rearing technique brought forward in the book of the same title by Simon Carr. No doubt this approach to child rearing is unconventional, but whether somebody likes or agrees with the technique matters not. The point of view of the film was to examine this technique, including its potential shortcomings, in the context of a family trauma in which the father is placed into a new and unsettling role. The film succeeded very well in this regard. The diverse South Australian landscape is captured very well. The characters all deliver true to their roles, no glaring weak performances. There are a few minor flaws or awkward moments in the execution of the story, but the director generally edited well and created a film that did exactly what he had set out to do, and the actors performed with at least a little more depth than schlock that typically gets regurgitated out of Hollywood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Reviews, but it was just alright....
I ordered this movie because IMDB gave it rave reviews, it was just okay...the little boy in it is terribly annoying and I feel that the movie could have been a lot better.
Published 5 days ago by Sarrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatherly Love
This is a realistic interpretation of a single father with two young boys on different continents and the difficulties caused by this separation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Sweet Movie
This movie was great! The main character was flawed and interesting and I was caught up in his grief and subsequent growth. It is a fun "girl's movie night" movie.
Published 2 months ago by Aleta Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Clive and his family
was hard to tolerate "the Dad" for most of the film, but...finally the tempo changed and they won my heart; thanks for keeping me with the group and hoping for the better... Read more
Published 2 months ago by merry widow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
I thought this was a great movie. I came accross it while looking for some movies for a road trip. I really felt for the father who was trying to juggle fatherhood and work. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bink
4.0 out of 5 stars For All Audiences-But Especially for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One
Great Film. It is not a typical film with a "canned" story line. It is very thought provoking (as many of Clive Owen's films are). Read more
Published 4 months ago by stillclickin'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and acting
This movie has great acting and story. My wife and I were impressed by the way Clive Owen portrayed the character. Highly recommend everyone to see this movie!
Published 8 months ago by Kim family
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys Are Back
Loved this movie cannot say enough of this one and is a keeper. We will be watching again, Not giving this one away. Shipping right on time.
Published 9 months ago by Nancy Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie in every area.
I saw this movie on tv one afternoon. It shares an touching story of family life. The scenery and the music are great. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Rodell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Movie
You wouldn't think of Clive Owen playing the part of a single father trying to manage an adolescent boy and his younger wayward brother after his wife dies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by glenhighland
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