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The Boys Are Back (2009)

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A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.

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The Boys Are Back is a confessional tale of fatherhood. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter who, in the wake of his wife's death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just says yes." Raising two boys - a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage -- in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with a lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless... and on the constant verge of disaster. The three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Written by Miramax

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Growing up can be the adventure of a lifetime See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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12 November 2009 (Australia)  »

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De vuelta a la vida  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$49,342 (USA) (25 September 2009)

Gross:

$783,013 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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Clive Owen takes a producing credit for the first time in his career. See more »

Quotes

Artie: Hands up if you like sheep muck. Hands up if you like cow pee. Hands up if you like dog fart. Hands up if you like me.
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References Home Alone (1990) See more »

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All the Wild Horses
Written by Ray Lamontagne (as R. La Montagne) (Chrysalis/Mushroom Music Publishing)
Performed by Ray Lamontagne (as Ray La Montagne)
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia
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A good movie
12 November 2009 | by (Qatar) – See all my reviews

A brilliant movie with emotions perfectly emoted by characters very well etched by the writers. That's what I would like to say about this movie in one word. The director has blended all the factors into one...be it the shots, the music, the characters, the story...all into one. And he has done it in a brilliant way that I felt that I was with those characters living with them. Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, Nicholas McAnulty, George Mackay all did a wonderful job. I did not have any expectation while going into the cinemas to watch this...and when I got out i was feeling very refreshed... A good movie...I recommend it to all.


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