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Honey Boy

Alma Har'el

EnglishUSA201993 min

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Overview

For this highly personal and cathartic drama, director Alma Har’el took on a script penned by Shia LaBeouf that arose from the star’s own difficult relationship with his father.


Child actor Otis Lort is notably played as a preteen by Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and as a young man by Lucas Hedges (Ben Is Back and Boy Erased, DFF41); his father James is played by LaBeouf himself. As Otis’s personal assistant, James—a former rodeo clown, alcoholic, and convicted sex offender—makes for an appalling stage parent, screaming at staff about child labor laws when he’s not hitting on the women on set, then taking his resentment about being financially dependent on Otis by berating and beating him.


Har’el frantically (and effectively) intercuts the abuse suffered by the young boy with the resulting trauma as it’s acted out by his older self—and while the details of Otis’ very adult problems (including a car crash that leads to a stint in rehab) will be familiar to anyone who has followed LaBeouf’s career, Honey Boy remains a potent coming-of-age tale in its own right, with an able supporting cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, and FKA Twigs.


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Producer: Anita Gou, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Leggett, Daniela Taplin Lundberg | Editor: Dominic LaPerriere, Monica Salazar | Cinematographer: Natasha Braier | Screenwriter: Shia LaBeouf
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo

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