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Honey Boy
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Honey Boy - Movie Synopsis & Plot

From a screenplay by 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 therapy and imagination as hope.

MOVIE REVIEW

Capsule Review: Shia LaBeouf plays his own father in the highly personal drama Honey Boy, in turn giving what could be the best performance of his career. Honey Boy follows the troubled life of Otis (played brilliantly by young Noah Jupe and at an older age by Lucas Hedges), who’s time with his dad was precarious at best. The personal nature of the story, co-written by LaBeouf, is seen and felt in every moment of the actor’s screen time. In one scene, the fater uses his young son (Jupe) as a surrogate to yell hurtful things at his ex-wife (Otis’ mother) through the phone. Can you imagine? As you watch it, you can see how much this memory means to LaBeouf.
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