If your idea of cinematic hilarity is hearing three sixth grade boys cuss like sailors and chat on and on about sex and drugs, have I got the movie for you. “Good Boys” is like a pre-teen “Superbad,” a raunchy R-rated movie that’s stars are so young, they wouldn’t be allowed in to see it. Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon play close pals who make some bad decisions that set the farce into motion. The three lads are appealing, and the movie has some very funny moments. While much of the risqué elements seem forced, “Good Boys” has a good-natured vibe that almost redeems it. Almost.
While much of the comic drama “Blinded by the Light” feels a bit sentimental and warmed-over, the infectious goodwill of this true story may well break down your resistance. In 1987, the life of a teen Pakistani-Brit changes forever when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. Listening to The Boss inspires him to become a writer and to face his considerable challenges head-on. You don’t have to be a Springsteen fan to enjoy “Blinded by the Light,” but it helps.
If you’re unfamiliar with “Angry Birds,” you’re probably still using a rotary dial phone. In the animated big screen sequel, “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” Kansas City’s Jason Sudeikis provides the voice of Red, a furious flightless bird who joins forces with the invasive pigs to take on a nefarious, destructive eagle. The loopy humor and frenetic action are clearly aimed at the younger movie-going demographic. It’s a harmless, well-animated farce that may not be inspired, but it’s no turkey.
Also opening this week, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is a new comedy from Richard Linklater starring Cate Blanchett. And “Alien Invasion” is a sci-fi offering whose title tells all.