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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  24 April 2009 (USA)
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A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

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A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

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Brothers, Partners, Strangers

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, smoking images and brief language
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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

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The Boys: L'histoire des frères Sherman  »

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$19,875 (USA) (22 May 2009)

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$54,852 (USA) (4 September 2009)
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Robert B. Sherman: [talking about Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers] She was such a witch.
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A clip from Charles A. Lindbergh (1927) is shown during the credits. See more »

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Features The Sword in the Stone (1963) See more »

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You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful & You're Mine)
Words & Music by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Ringo Starr & his All-Star Band
Courtesy of Wolfgang's Vault
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Thanks for the Memories...
30 January 2011 | by (Paradise, California) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film! It is a glimpse into the personal and professional lives of a pair of songwriters that penned and created some of the greatest musical numbers of the last century. The Sherman Brothers lived in an era of talented musicianship and film making we may never see again. Their songs live in the hearts of a generation of Baby Boomers and film goers.

The film makes a point of showing the distance between the two brothers as their professional lives wound down. We have this discussion in our family and I believe it is normal for brothers and sisters to grow apart through the years. In our earlier years, brothers and sisters still have their parents, are having their own children and there is a great amount of family togetherness. The parents pass away, the children grow up and each sibling has formed their own family. Its natural to move forward, each with their own families and relationships. Some siblings are close and may remain so for the rest of their lives, but I think most siblings move further away from one another as time progresses because they are each leading their own lives with their own set of people. If you come from a family in which there have been difficulties, then you might just find your own spot at the theater and let your sibling's family nestle in where they will be comfortable. If there has been friction, its natural to just put a little distance. We don't always have to be in one another's pockets and thats okay.

Setting aside the storyline of the friction between brothers, I really enjoyed hearing about Bob's feelings as an older man reflecting upon his experiences in WWII. I enjoyed seeing his beautiful paintings. I loved getting to see the home movies from both families and to hear about how each brother met his wife, fell in love and started families. It was really interesting to see the photos of the Sherman Brothers' parents and to learn about their careers. The Sherman family have descended from talented and beautiful people.

I thought it was a sad ending to a beautiful career when they played the final song - "Your Heart Will Lead You Home," sung by Kenny Loggins in total flats - which symbolizes the downhill progress of current music. I don't care for the current "America's Got Talent" style of singing, so I felt like Kenny Loggins slaughtered the song. The Sherman Brothers used to have talented performers like Julie Andrews - now they have these current talentless singers to ruin their numbers with added notes. Its a shame. America's Got No Talent, but they don't realize it because music now panders to the lowest level of music appreciation.

Its sad that most people who watch this film won't even realize they are viewing the loss of an era of talent, because all of their taste is in their mouths. If you love film and musicals, you will probably enjoy this glimpse into film history.


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