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The Boys Are Back (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 November 2009 (Australia)
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A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.

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Nicholas McAnulty ...
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Barbara
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Tom
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Digby
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Flick
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Tim Walker
Nakia Pires ...
Lucy
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Mia
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School Housemaster
Georgina Naidu ...
Paula
Daniel Carter ...
Digby & Paula's Child
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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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Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

De vuelta a la vida  »

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

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$783,013 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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This is the first time that South Australian Director Scott Hicks has filmed a movie in his home state of South Australia since 1996's Academy Award winning Shine (1996). See more »

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Joe Warr: [narrating] I don't know whether you've ever seen a map of a person's mind. Doctors sometimes draw maps of other parts of you, and your own map can become intensely interesting. But catch them trying to draw a map of a child's mind, which is not only confused, but keeps going round all the time. There is zig-zag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card. And these are probably roads in the island, for the Neverland is always, more or less, an island.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode #24.4 (2009) See more »

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The Sea is a Siren
Written by Brendan Gallagher, Stuart Eadie, Amber Weedon (Universal Music Publishing/Copyright Control)
Performed by Karma County
Licensed courtesy of Karma County
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Light hearted Clive Owen drama on serious issues
12 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this was a very interesting film to watch but by no means gripping. Certainly a lighter role for clive Owen after Duplicity and The International and he is of course faultless in his execution of the role as journalist Joe Carr showing great vulnerability in his relationship with women in general, notably his two wives and then his two sons Arty and Harry who live apart. There are a lot of sensitive moments and much is overplayed, though personally the death of his wife I think is not played enough and the grief of the family seems somewhat hollow to me. Laurel seemed too available and not involved enough in the story and can someone explain what the party was all bout at the house when Joe Carr was away. Who were the uninvited guests and how did they get into the house? Didn't get that at all, not at all! Another film which promises a lot but delivers little, touching on serious family issues but not really addressing them.


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