Loosely based on the life of writer and star Shia LaBeouf, this drama follows the relationship between a 12-year-old actor and his erratic, ex-rodeo-clown dad.
Shia LaBeouf makes his feature screenwriting debut with this earnestly told semi-autobiographical story. Honey Boy follows actor Otis at two stages in his career: as a rising child star and later as an established, twentysomething action star. Having newly broken into fame on a kids TV show, Otis (played with stunning depth by young actor Noah Jupe) spends his days on set as a charming goofball, and his nights rehearsing for the next day’s work while enduring his overbearing, abusive father James (strikingly portrayed by LaBeouf himself). Older Otis (played by the outstanding Lucas Hedges) has left the goofball persona behind, and has established himself as a Hollywood action hero. But his current success has him spiraling into a world of heavy partying, resulting in arrests and eventual rehab. At both stages in life, Otis is desperately searching for connection, his place in the world, and himself. Keenly directed by Alma Har’el (LoveTrue, PFF25) and written with tender honesty by LaBeouf, Honey Boy is a stunning collaboration that chronicles an exhilarating, lonely journey through stardom, addiction, and redemption.
CAST: SHIA LABEOUF, LUCAS HEDGES, NOAH JUPE, FKA TWIGS
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