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Honey Boy (2019)

R | | Drama | 8 November 2019 (USA)
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A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

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Alma Har'el

Writer:

Shia LaBeouf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... James Lort
Lucas Hedges ... Otis (22)
Noah Jupe ... Otis (12)
Byron Bowers ... Percy
Laura San Giacomo ... Dr. Moreno
FKA Twigs ... Shy Girl
Natasha Lyonne ... Mom
Maika Monroe ... Sandra
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Tom
Mario Ponce ... Tiny
Martin Starr ... Alec
Haylee Sanchez ... Working Girl 1
Giovanni Lopes ... Rehab Nurse
Dorian Brown Pham ... Pam (as Dorian Pham)
Greta Jung ... AD
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Storyline

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood's ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honey Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$301,065, 10 November 2019

Gross USA:

$584,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$584,714
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Although they'll be playing father and son, in real life, Shia LaBeouf is only ten years older than Lucas Hedges. See more »

Quotes

James: How do you think it feels to have my son paying me? How do you think that feels?
Otis (12): [sadly] You wouldn't be here if I didn't pay you.
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An Unmissable Auto-Biographical Drama!
11 November 2019 | by VishalLodayaSee all my reviews

Since yesterday night, I haven't been able to get this away from my mind.

Honey Boy is one of the best self-movies I have seen it in a long time. It is extremely humane and deeply discomforting. It is a difficult watch but a transformative film.

Despite Shia Lebeouf's dysfunctions in his own life, it is definitely his most gut-wringing performance. He plays his own father. There's an honest heart in Lebeouf's own script. Alma Har'el's brilliant direction ensures that the film has so much quality that it rises way above a simple movie.

It is an auto-biographical drama that you should NOT miss whenever it releases. :)


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