Based on the memoir by Simon Carr, this story of fatherhood set in South Australia. When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his own philosophies on parenting.
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The Boys are Back (PG) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
How a parent copes with children provides the gist for The Boys Are Back, a nice small film from Maple Pictures now hitting home with adults at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. Hunky Clive Owen (The International) leaves his James Bond image on the backburner as he portrays a struggling dad trying to come to grips with raising a son or two.
Set in beautiful Australia, The Boys Are Back explores relationships within a family. Lots of people are from broken homes and this tale looks at how that all important parent child relationship develops and the effect outside forces have on it. Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conflicts with work or other amorous pursuits this movie does justice to the topic.
Even though Owen gets top billing here itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really the young boys that are the true stars of this show. Newcomer Nicholas McAnulty captures the emotions of a child suffering all sorts of problems with loss while George MacKay (Defiance) also does a good job showing internal struggle and the effects a broken home can have on a youth.
Emotions run high in this movie and through the bickering between family members you do sense the gravity of the situation. Director Scott Hicks draws lots of ire among the players and you sense the difficulties parents have raising children these days. Outside struggles and other issues ring true in this small though effective look at the impacts of child rearing and the hardships when dealing with loss.
Laura Fraser (The Passion) also appears in this movie that at times gets a bit too sentimental as illness also rears its ugly form. True to form, The Boys Are Back is nothing new but a retelling of the whole family dynamic and does so with sincerity and frank openness. Not a happy story it nevertheless shows hope and will make viewers think about their own personal situations.
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