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Boy (2012)Boy (2012)

Boy (2012)

Comedy, Drama

7.5

movie

New-Zealand

English, Maori

Heart-warming, Lovely, No-brainer

2012

Taika Waititi, Topaz Adizes

Cherilee Martin, Cohen Holloway, Craig Hall

87 min

Synopsis

Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan who lives on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Our Take

7.5
Melanie Graham

Boy is the highest-grossing New Zealand film of all time, and a masterpiece of compassion and good humor. Set in New Zealand’s rural East Coast in 1984, the film’s protagonist, Boy, imagines a world outside, dreaming of meeting Michael Jackson and having adventures. These fantasies serve to distract him from the sad circumstances of his life, living with his grandmother while his father serves out a prison sentence. However, adventure comes to Boy suddenly when his ex-convict father returns to find a long hidden bag of money. Written, directed, and starring Taika Waitit and featuring the new comer James Rolleston as Boy, it’s a hilarious and heartwarming tale.

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