“Everyone kept telling us, you have to go to SXSW, it’s the best audiences.” – Director Gene Stupnitsky
Good Boys tells the story of three best friends (Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon) who get invited to their first kissing party and accidentally destroy a drone they weren’t allowed to touch. To replace it, they skip school and set off on an epic odyssey of bad decisions, involving inadvertently stolen drugs, the police, and lots of tears.
“We just had all these stories of us; of what it was like to try to navigate sixth grade, your friendships, and girls and how it’s all starting to bubble up for the first time.” – Writer, Lee Eisenberg
During the Q&A, SXSW Director of Film, Janet Pierson asked if the Good Boys watched any coming of age films in order to prepare for their roles. Noon admitted he and Williams got consent to have a sleepover and watch Superbad.
Lastly, an audience member asked if the young cast members had to convince their parents to do the film. Tremblay and Noon’s parents were all for it, in fact Tremblay actually read the script with his parents. Williams had more of hard time, “I actually didn’t want to do it at first because of all the swearing…but my mom just told me to just pray about it and it’s just acting!”
Good Boys opens in theaters nationwide on August 16, you can watch the trailer here.
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World Premiere of Good Boys – Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW
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