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Boy (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 2010 (New Zealand)
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Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Boy
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Moerangi Tihore ...
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RickyLee Waipuka-Russell ...
Chardonnay (as Rickylee Waipuka-Russell)
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Maakariini Butler ...
Murray
Rajvinder Eria ...
Tane
Manihera Rangiuaia ...
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson ...
Holden
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Waihoroi Shortland ...
Weirdo
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Chuppa
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Juju
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It's 1984. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,569, 23 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$255,179, 24 June 2012
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Director Taika Waititi was less than a week away from filming when he realised the boy he had as lead wasn't working out. Three days before filming began, James Rolleston, who was hanging around on set as an extra, was given the lead by Taika Waititi. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1984 with a month ending in 'ber' ( i.e. September, October, November or December) according to what is written on the classroom blackboard. Boy says that his brother Rocky is six years old. Their mother Joanie died while giving birth to Rocky. According to Joanie's tombstone, she died in April, 1977. Doing the math, that would make Rocky seven, not six. See more »

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Teacher: Now, who knows what disease this sheep has?
Kingi: AIDS?
Teacher: Not AIDS, you dork!
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The credits start with the names and roles of the three main actors and this is followed by a spoof of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", incorporating elements of the original dance (as seen on the music video) and Maori Hakas. See more »

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Performed by Prince Tui Teka
Courtesy of Ode Records
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It's the afterglow that counts
4 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

I had been told how funny this movie was, and there are quite a few chuckles in the first 20 minutes or so, and then it buckles down to show us the real story of pre-pubescence in a rural community and the father-son thing. It was explored in depth and very well too, and never gets nasty as some NZ movies can do, but still wrings your heart out. The end-piece was stunning, utilising the obsession with a teenage Michael Jackson and humour as only the NZ Maori do. I left the theatre with mixed feelings but since then I have felt buoyed up (sorry) and am remembering it fondly. Will definitely see it again and may add it to my small collection of NZ films. Others have mentioned Eagle and Shark and Secondhand Wedding, but this is more historical and captures the era perfectly. Well done all - especially to all the actors under 20, we know the adults can act, but these fellas will be worth watching out for in the future.


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