The Boys Are Back
- Own It On DVD: January 26, 2010
- Suggested retail price: $29.99
- Feature run time: 104 minutes
- Rating: Rated PG 13 – for some sexual language and thematic elements
- Bonus materials not rated
- Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital
- Languages: English and Spanish
Miramax Films’ The Boys Are Back premise sucked me right in. Idealic love stories are hard on the survivors, the spouses and the children. Single parenting is common in this 21st Century as are dysfunctional families.
Sportswriter Joe Warr (Clive Owen) married then split leaving one son behind in England. Relocated in Australia, he started another. Life was happy until his new wife died. Six year old son Arti (Nicholas McAnulkty) angrily grieved. Not always mature or responsible in his own life and decisions, Joe opted to raise the boy on his own. His personal philosophy of coping was simply stated–no rules, just say yes. Visions of dead wife Katy (Laura Fraser) seemed his only insight.
A visit by confused teenage son Harry (George MacKay) complicated the situation. The boy asked why had his father abandoned him and left him. Joe failed to give the support and guidance all children need. Mourning, adapting, and moving on are necessary but responsibly.
I enjoyed the true story inspired movie; however, I am an adult. What I question is the message and image that it gives to non-adult viewers. I know too many parents neglect supervising their children’s television and movie choices. Childhood antics like jumping into a bath tub are dangerous. A parent drinking to ease whatever is an example. If daddy does, then so can I. Leaving children alone without any supervision may be OK for a quick trip to the store. Leaving children, especially troubled ones, alone to travel to another continent is unacceptable. Everyone must make hard choices.
Here’s the trailer.
Here’s more information on the DVD.
THE BOYS ARE BACK
Available on DVD January 26, 2010
“One of the year’s best pictures” — Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
BURBANK, California, November 20, 2009 — The Boys are Back, the deeply moving and often funny tale of a man who finds himself suddenly responsible for raising two sons alone, comes to DVD on January 26, 2010 from Miramax Films and Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The story of this irreverent and independent sportswriter who suddenly faces single fatherhood is inspired by the true story of Australian Simon Carr, The Boys are Back is an original and uplifting story of one family’s journey. Exclusive bonus features include a behind-the-scenes photographic tour and a visit with the three special guys who lived the story.
Clive Owen (Closer, Duplicity) heads up an accomplished cast that includes Laura Fraser (A Knight’s Tale), Emma Booth (TV’s “The Circuit”) and George MacKay (Defiance). Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine), The Boys Are Back is a 2009 Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award winner that won the hearts of critics everywhere including Peter Travers of Rolling Stone who calls it “A funny, touching and vital film…Clive Owen gives a heartfelt, award-caliber performance.”
DVD Bonus Features
• The Boys Are Back: A Photographic Journey — A picture is worth a 1,000 words as director Scott Hicks takes us on a pictorial tour of the making of the film.
• A Father and Two Sons, On Set — Simon Carr, whose memoir inspired the movie, and his real-life sons visit the set. The death of his wife leaves wisecracking sportswriter Joe Warr (Clive Owen) with a curious six
year-old (Nicholas McAnulty) and a rebellious teen from a previous marriage (George MacKay) to bring up in a household devoid of feminine influence. So Joe takes on parenting the only way he knows how—full throttle. With an exuberance born of necessity, he teaches his boys to meet the joy and fragility of life head on. The Boys Are Back chronicles the fierce love and loyalty the three Warr men discover for each other as they make their way through the trials of everyday life.
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