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Boy 2010

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4.5 out of 5 stars (64) IMDb 7.5/10

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in the year 1984, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. An international hit from acclaimed writer/director Taika Waititit (Flight of the Conchords,) BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

Starring:
James Rollestone, Ricky Lee Waipuka-Russell
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Taika Waititi
Starring James Rollestone, Ricky Lee Waipuka-Russell
Supporting actors Taika Waititi
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating Unrated (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Whitt Patrick Pond TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 14, 2013
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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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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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"A Bronx Tale" was an important meditation about divisions btwn the father you were born with and the father you choose. "Boyz N da Hood" was partially praised because it showed a positive relationship btwn a Black man working hard to raise his son. In the United States, in my community, many Black males don't have present fathers and many have incarcerated fathers. I think we African Americans, but many others as well, can relate to the troubled or absent dynamics btwn a father of color and his son. If you thought "Once Were Warriors" was sad, then prepared to be saddened by this work too. Given that Michael Jackson has passed away, learning that he had a devoted young fan 1/2 a world away will be eye-opening. This movie is profound and resonating. However, I might only see it once 'cuz it also brings up sad realities that many can't take too often. I think I heard it was a HUGE hit in New Zealand and it deserves that popularity. In fact, I wonder if one would be greatly aided by watching "Whale Rider" and this film back to back.
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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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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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If I were more informed on the culture I might rate this FIVE STARS, but it is very good and quite engaging in any case. This is the sort of move you need to see several times to pick out some of the inner workings of character. I'm on number three and am still impressed and interested.
This is GOOD stuff!!!!
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My sister turned me on to this movie. She lives in New Zealand and her husband's cousin is actually in this movie. She wanted me to see what it looked like over there. I watched the movie and loved it. It was a bit dry in spots, but still very interesting.
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