The Boys Are Back

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Released 2010

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Director:
Scott Hicks
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
Clive Owen delivers a critically acclaimed performance in The Boys Are Back, the heartwarming and uplifting drama about a man who is suddenly thrust into the role of single parent. Successful sportswriter Joe Warr (Owen) finds himself completely unprepared to raise his rambunctious 6-year-old son Artie - and juggle the challenges of a demanding job, running a household and the possibility of romance. Determined to bring joy back into their lives, he develops a revolutionary approach to parenting - no rules, no chores. It's a home filled with love and chaos - and then Joe's estranged teenage son comes for a visit. Inspired by a true story and filled with emotional honesty, this poignant film will touch your heart and lift your spirits.

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  • 80

    Variety Justin Chang

    This is polished yet authentically moving.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    The Boys Are Back is a bit like the parenting it portrays -- at times there is pain, mistakes will be made, but if you can get beyond that, there is pleasure to be found.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Has a burnished, high-quality look and a heart swollen with maudlin self-regard.

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