Honey Boy (2019) - Drama

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A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Alma Har'el
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 9 out of 76 found boring (11.84%)

One-line Reviews (28)

That's what I want to see and while I understand this is more of a heartfelt movie about pain and suffering, the filmmakers need to understand no one is going to recommend this movie to anyone because it is so depressing and boring, and repetitive, repetitive, so repetitive.

I enjoyed it for what it was and want to see Shia do more writing for film.

Now, what makes LaBeouf's performance so good is also what makes some of the movie feel empty.

Already that is a much more entertaining movie.

It's honestly one of the most intense scenes in the film, and although it may be awkward at times, I think the scene works.

The failed actor is an updated version of Rose Hovick, who at the end of "Gypsy", stands alone on an empty stage looking outwards toward empty seats, wishing they were filled by smiling faces attached to bodies rising up, tingling from her extraordinary way with song and dance.

You can feel that the film is a personal one which is why its just an entertaining watch.

A Painful, Gripping Insight .

"Honey Boy" is an honest, intense, bold, and powerful look at actor Shia Labeouf's problems which developed because of his abusive father, who was also his manager.

Unexpected and moving .

There is a mysterious and intriguing feel to the film, with Shy Girls character and Otis father appearing as a rodeo clown.

The story written by Shia LaBeouf is excellent, intense and with excellent food for thought on the difficult points of life, underlining the father-son relationship, especially in the sphere where fathers can learn from their children how to rediscover themselves, everything enhanced by LaBeouf and Jupe's excellent performances.

One of the most boring movies I've seen in a long time.

Given the dreariness, slow pacing and general ugliness of this film, there are just a handful of living actors whose lives interest me enough for this sort of self indulgence to intrigue me.

The performances are brilliant, the narrative is nicely balanced and the end-result is as engaging as it is affecting.

Shia LaBeouf is one of the most complicated and fascinating filmmakers in the Indie film scene today.

Otherwise this is a profoundly honest and absorbing, occasionally difficult 90 minutes.

I found this to be a fairly dull autobiographical movie, told in flash-backs.

The longer and intense scenes of dialog between Shia Labeouf and Noah Jupe are the bread and butter of this film.

When we did come to the end, I was more than ready to leave the theater.

There was no plot, suspense, or structure.

Boring .

Act 1 - 6.8Act 2 - 6.6Act 3 - 7.0 Good performances all aroundShia and Jupe are very good in their roles and gives insight into Shia and his fathers lifeWell directed small film with a small and contained feel as most of the film takes place at a motelLucas Hedges does well as a young adult Shia but I thought his arc was the most boring of the filmPretty generic cinematography and pace of the film feels slow for an hour and a half long filmWeird haze over the film in some scenes was distractingStrong performances and I deep insight into the lives of our characters carries the filmWould recommend to some

The combination of terrific dialogue, great direction, and performances that felt so natural just had me completely immersed in this 93-minute, quaint, emotional roller coaster.

It also happens to make for compelling cinema.

Har'el opts for a grounded portrait, and while she allows a few moments to linger on, they slow down the film by an extent.

This isn't inherently a bad thing if ALL the scenes are strong, but the weaker scenes were boring and never moved the story forward(particularly the scenes with Lucas Hedges in rehab).

Still Honey Boy is worth watching for both Shia Leboufs transition in cinema, and for watching up and comer Noah Jupe act along side Shia.