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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

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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:

$3,270,077
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in 19 days See more »

Quotes

James Lort: You chase the bullshit forever, man.
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Soundtracks

All I Really Want to Do
(Bob Dylan)
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BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG
21 January 2020 | by RinoBortone91See all my reviews

Although this film has some flaw from the narrative / technical point of view, Honey Boy sneaks into the genre with strength and decision without looking at the competition in the genre both of the past and the present. The story written by Shia LaBeouf is excellent, intense and with excellent food for thought on the difficult points of life, underlining the father-son relationship, especially in the sphere where fathers can learn from their children how to rediscover themselves, everything enhanced by LaBeouf and Jupe's excellent performances. Powerful, beautiful, moving, one of the best in the genre.


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