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Honey Boy (2019)



Critic Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.

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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 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 acting 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 therapy and imagination as hope.


Shia LaBeouf
as James Lort
Lucas Hedges
as Otis Lort
Noah Jupe
as Young Otis
FKA twigs
as Shy Girl
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All Critics (224) | Top Critics (42)

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.

February 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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...

December 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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This is bleak stuff. But it's also hellishly entertaining.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film delicately bears its scars and finds peace by acknowledging how childhood pains can make and break us.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5

This looks on paper like a self-aggrandising vanity project, but it is very well directed and performed.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The icing on the cake of [LaBeouf's] indie redemption phase.

December 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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