A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Simon Carr (novel), Allan Cubitt (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Joe Warr
Emma Booth ... Laura
Laura Fraser ... Katy
George MacKay ... Harry
Nicholas McAnulty Nicholas McAnulty ... Artie
Julia Blake ... Barbara
Chris Haywood ... Tom
Erik Thomson ... Digby
Natasha Little ... Flick
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Tim Walker
Nakia Pires Nakia Pires ... Lucy
Emma Lung ... Mia
Steven Robertson ... School Housemaster
Georgina Naidu ... Paula
Daniel Carter Daniel Carter ... Digby & Paula's Child
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Source author Simon Carr's memoir about his wife's death and his subsequent challenge raising two sons was published in 2001 with the title 'The Boys Are Back in Town' with the book receiving critical acclaim. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't Goin' Back Again
Written by Richie Owens, Bob Ocker (Carlson Publishing Group)
Performed by Richie Owens & The Farm Bureau
Licensed courtesy of Carlson Entertainment
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A touching drama
6 April 2010 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a husband who grieves the sudden death of his wife, the way he copes and the unexpected complications that follows his decisions.

"The Boys Are Back" is a touching drama that slowly unfolds but constantly captivates the viewer. It is a sad tale to be felt and pondered on. It is not easy to cope with the sudden loss of a loved one, even more so when compounded with job pressure and coping with family duties. What strikes me the most is the incongruence between Harry's behaviour and feeling throughout the feeling. He wants his father and yet he keeps pushing him away. Fortunately, the ending is satisfying and has adequate closure of issues. I enjoyed watching "The Boys Are Back".


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Hanway Films | Kojo | See more »

Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2009 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,342, 27 September 2009

Gross USA:

$809,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,252,136
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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