Honey Boy is another surprising film. I never really considered Shia LeBeouf (The Peanut Butter Falcon) to be a box office draw and then he seemed to get lost in the Transformer franchise. Apparently, he also got lost in some other areas. He wrote this script as a rehab exercise. It appears to have done the trick. LeBeouf did a great job with both the writing and the difficult portrayal of his own father, James. Lucas Hedges (Ben is Back) and Noah Jupe (Ford vs Ferrari) play the older and younger Otis, respectively. Laura San Giacomo is calming as Otis’ patient therapist. The material here is a little difficult so you may want to wait to stream it, but it is worth the trip.
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Official Synopsis for “Honey Boy”:
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.
“Honey Boy” Q & A TIFF 2019
|Principal Cast||Shia LeBeouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges, Laura San Giacomo|
|Editor||Dominic LaPerriere, Monica Salazar|
|Production Companies||Automatik, Stay Gold Features, Delirio Films|
|Run Time||94 minutes|
|Premier||Sundance Film Festival 2019|