Honey Boy

Honey Boy

Honey Boy

A child TV star tries to mend his relationship with his alcoholic father over a decade in this drama starring Lucas Hedges and Shia LeBeouf. LeBeouf also contributes the screenplay which is loosely based on his own life. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

"When 12-year-old Otis (Hedges) starts to find success as a child television star in Hollywood, his ex-rodeo-clown father returns to serve as his guardian. When Otis isn’t on set charming audiences, he spends his days with his father at an extended-stay motel on the edge of the city, enduring his overbearing father’s abuse. Honey Boy follows two threads of time, watching father and son's contentious relationship and their attempts to mend it..." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language94 minsUSA
DramaFestival & Independent

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's a high-wire act, a movie that could easily have crashed and burned. That it does not has something to do with the shared intensity of character and performance. All three main actors share the stage as equals and the level of commitment is remarkable.

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The Times

The Times

Playing out mainly in the skid-row motel in Los Angeles where father and son live, Alma Har'el's dreamlike film leavens the grimness with humanity and humour...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...well acted, and features a lot of very credible and naturalistic dialogue. It’s distressing in places, and predominantly bleak and sad.

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Collider

Collider

What results is a harrowing, violent, emotional film in which LaBeouf is clearly (and admirably) baring his soul.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A sensitive, sincere portrait of a child actor's dysfunctional upbringing and its devastating fallout.

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Variety

Variety

[A] searingly personal, self-immolating childhood memoir...

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Alma Har'els direction is familiar - for recent indie fare, anyway - but sensitive.

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Time Out

Time Out

Weaving together two separate timelines, filmmaker Alma Har'el (of the arty documentaries Bombay Beach and LoveTrue) gives LaBeouf's vulnerable exercise a purposely unruly shape, mapping the chaos of addiction with guts and style

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