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Honey Boy (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.

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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 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 acting 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 therapy and imagination as hope.

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Shia LaBeouf
as James Lort
Lucas Hedges
as Otis Lort
Noah Jupe
as Young Otis
FKA twigs
as Shy Girl
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This is bleak stuff. But it's also hellishly entertaining.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film delicately bears its scars and finds peace by acknowledging how childhood pains can make and break us.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This looks on paper like a self-aggrandising vanity project, but it is very well directed and performed.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The icing on the cake of [LaBeouf's] indie redemption phase.

December 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As actor, scriptwriter and self-portraitist, LaBeouf sets his ducks in a row and takes perfect aim.

December 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As candid an exploration of stardom as they come.

December 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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