Honey Boy ★★★

Biopics about pre-pubescent boys dealing with abusive douchebag father figures is probably my least favorite genre (see also This Boy's Life). I can deal with it as part of a more expansive narrative, but when it's the primary story, there's something about that feeling of unrelenting powerlessness that really gets under my skin in a way I don't want movies to do.

The fact, then, that I'm able to rate this as highly as I am is a testament to the performance of Noah Jupe, who did such an outstanding job with this fictionalized version of a young Shia LeBoef, that it almost made me feel I was watching a documentary. I'm not gonna go so far as to recommend this, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Jupe's future career.

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