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Honey Boy (2019)

R | | Drama | 27 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.

Director:

Alma Har'el

Writer:

Shia LaBeouf
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... James
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 Haylee Sanchez ... Working Girl 1
Giovanni Lopes ... Rehab Nurse
Dorian Brown Pham ... Pam (as Dorian Pham)
Greta Jung ... AD
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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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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material and drug use | See all certifications »

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Shia hadn't spoken to his father for 7 years prior to making this movie See more »

Quotes

James Lort: You know, a seed has to totally destroy itself to become a flower. That's a violent act, honey boy.
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All I Really Want to Do
Written by Bob Dylan
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Shia reinvented
14 March 2020 | by tahinmanjurokSee all my reviews

These films are quite rare, in a sense that; you don't find films this heartfelt.

I'd always thought LaBeouf was a bit off the rails and that his career was on a downward spiral, after watching this I'm eager for more of his content because he was stellar in this film.

Having done more research on the background of this film, I feel I can empathise with this film; you rarely a film so sincere and genuine like this.

Noah Jupe is a young actor that's been in a few good main films; such as Le Mans. He does a fantastic role playing young Otis. The on screen dynamic between him and LaBeouf is so wonderfully constructed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 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:

$3,012,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,400,977
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2.39 : 1
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