The movie was hard to watch for me. I lost too many family members to cancer and have no idea how to explain disease to my own child any better than it is done in the movie.
THE BOYS ARE BACK offers the moving tale of a single father suddenly responsible for raising two sons alone. Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine) and starring Clive Owen, the film is inspired by a true story of Australian Simon Carr. Bonus material includes a pictorial tour of the making of the film using Scott Hicks’ own photos, and a set visit with memoirist Simon Carr and his two sons.
While Clive and his younger son are so darn cute, I can’t forget they are actors, the storey is heart wrenching. It won’t be for a child to watch and unless you just really like to beat yourself over the head, I’m not sure I can say this is good for adults either.
I’d rather watch something happy. This movie, is not happy. Even in the end, when everyone decides they are better as a family even without a mom, both sons have lost their own mothers. One through death and one through choice.
The movie went to stores this last week and if you should so choose to induce tears non-stop, please go buy the darn thing. Make sure you buy a bonus pack of tissues though and don’t say I didn’t warn you.