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Boy (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 2010 (New Zealand)
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Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Boy
Te Aho Eketone-Whitu ... Rocky
... Alamein
Moerangi Tihore ... Dynasty
Cherilee Martin ... Kelly
RickyLee Waipuka-Russell ... Chardonnay (as Rickylee Waipuka-Russell)
Haze Reweti ... Dallas
Maakariini Butler ... Murray
Rajvinder Eria ... Tane
Manihera Rangiuaia ... Kingi
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson ... Holden
... Aunty Gracey
Waihoroi Shortland ... Weirdo
... Chuppa
... Juju
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It's 1984. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,569, 23 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$255,179, 24 June 2012
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As of May 2018 it is the highest grossing New Zealand film in New Zealand. See more »

Goofs

When Boy is talking to his friend Dynasty in the car in one scene when their parents are at the pub, Dynasty says her Mum is playing the "pokies." Poker machines were not introduced into New Zealand until 1991, 7 years after the movie is set. See more »

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Alamein: don't call me dad, it sounds weird.
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The last shot after the credits is of Leaf, the goat, walking across a dance floor where the floor lights up as he walks on it. See more »

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References TRON (1982) See more »

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(Samuel Scott (as S Scott)/Will Ricketts (as W Ricketts)/Lukasz Pawel Buda (as L Buda)/Conrad Wedde (as C Wedde)/Richie Singleton (as R Singleton)/Warner Emery (as W Emery))
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Courtesy of The Phoenix Foundation
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WARNING: You could be clapping in public at the end of this !
4 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'll start, unfairly perhaps for any new movie, by comparing it with thoughts that other NZ movies have left me with - only to explain how it left me feeling. I am smiling as I recall the movie and type this. A good sign! So, Eagle v Shark's quirkiness. Whale Rider's pathos & culture. Bro Town's language skills (who'd have thought "Egg" would be so eloquent a derogatory remark!) Second Hand Wedding's humanity, commentary on relationships & our overall resilience. Good things will happen. Every Boy's natural instinct to worship their father - irrespective of whether he's earned it or not - is shown against the halcyon backdrop of an east coast life in Godzone. I laughed out loud at Rockys apology for abuse of his special powers to knock an old fella over. I ached when Boy's Dad returned and the interactions between them - the hero worship meeting with reality; a coming of age. Taika's now customary expansion of characters was excellent - flawed, bravado filled fragile wee worlds we all build up. I have not served Boy adequately in this random review - its an amazing film. 9/10. Made me feel happy & glad to be alive and living in NZ.


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