'The Boys Are Back'
(Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2009) 2010 / Miramax Films)
Overview: Clive Owen delivers a critically acclaimed performance in THE BOYS ARE BACK, the heartwarming and uplifting drama about a man who is suddenly thrust into the role of single parent.
DVD: "The Boys Are Back" is a film inspired by a true story and where films about life after a deceased parent is nothing new, what makes this film so special is the connection between father and two sons that he has never been close with because of his commitment of being one of the best sports writers out there. Always traveling to major sports competitions, he has always trusted his son with his wife.
But it's when the character of Joe is forced to take on the role of father, you can feel that wall between him and his son. He knows that he hasn't been much of a father but he's trying. But when his son Harry from a previous marriage comes to stay with them, this is when we see Joe start to learn about himself. Things he was not conscious about. He's only thought about his young son Artie with his current wife, its when he sees his son Harry, a son that he has not really been too close with, you realize that Harry has missed out on having a father and now Harry is learning first hand that even though he had this new family in Australia, he has always made decisions that would benefit himself and never realizing how his children were feeling.
It's a real-eye opening story that you don't really see too often in a film. As mentioned, Clive Owens does a great job with his performance as Joe but credit also goes to the children played by George McKay and Nicholas McNaulty. Also, the characters of Barbara played by Julia Blake. Blake plays a good grandmother but having lost her daughter to cancer, she wants to make sure that her only living connection with her daughter, which is her grandson, is taken care of. And Julia has a hard time trusting Joe who has made some bad decisions.
Another actress that deserves credit is model Emma Booth who plays the character Laura. A woman who takes care of Artie when Joe is gone and a single parent who has chemistry with Joe but doesn't know where there relationship/friendship is going. Is she just his babysitter or does Joe really care about her? [DAA] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
THE BOYS ARE BACK: A Photographic Journey With Optional Commentary By Director Scott Hicks
A Father And Two Sons - On Set