HONEY BOY movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #HoneyBoyMovie is a well-crafted but grim emotional journey that captures your complete attention and remains with you long after the credits roll. Grade/A

Noah Jupe as the young Otis (Shia) gives
an honest and heart-rending performance that steals the show. While Shia is one of my favorite actors despite his off-screen train wreck life, he delivers more range than expected by playing a very human version of his own father. Shia's script, under Alma Har'el's apt direction, explains a lot about why he has acted the way he has in the past.

Directed by Alma Har’el

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, FKA Twigs, Clifton Collins Jr., And Martin Starr

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’s 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-film 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 medicine and imagination as hope. -Amazon Studios

MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material and drug use

Running Time: 94 minutes

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