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Feb 27, 2020

Today's movie is different. It's not something I would normally watch, but here I am about to review the crap out of it. Here's why. It was a weird strange coincidence. A couple of weeks ago, David and I went out of the country with a couple of friends. One of them was obsessed with the actor who stars in this movie. I kept hearing this actor's name over and over, all week long.

After the trip, I came home and plopped on the couch and turned on one of my streaming services. What did I see? A brand new movie starring this actor. Three days later, David and I went to LA for work. Have you ever been to LA? They advertise movies and television everywhere. For a solid week, I drove around town and saw signs, park benches, and buses touting this movie. Still, it wasn't for me.

A few days after we got home, I was watching the Hollywood Roundtable. Once again, there was this actor. I knew then that I needed to watch the movie. Sometimes you find the movie and sometimes the movie finds you. I think Shia LaBeouf and Honey Boy found me.

Show Notes:

  • [02:37] Honey Boy comes to us from this week's streaming service Amazon Prime. You actually have this if you are an Amazon Prime member.
  • [03:27] At first glance, Shia LaBeouf is not someone who I have to go see. If you take a deep dive, he may be a great actor. He just doesn't make the type of movies I'm naturally drawn to.
  • [04:50] I've never been a huge fan of Shia LaBeouf. I don't know why he is so high maintenance, but that Roundtable episode piqued my interest. He held his own among some great actors. 
  • [05:27]  When he started talking about Honey Boy I was intrigued. Honey Boy is a movie about his life. He started as a child actor. The movie starts when he was at the age of 12.
  • [06:03] Young Shia is played by Noah Jupe. Shia plays his nutcase father. Young Shia is a boy named Otis, but it is a depiction of his life. The movie flips between his 12-year-old life and his life as an adult entering a mental health facility. 
  • [07:51] I share what Shia said about getting his father to sign the contract for the movie.
  • [08:22] Being in a mental institution taught Shia empathy for his father. The biggest villain in his life.
  • [08:48] This is a tough movie to watch. It's a heavy depressing movie. I had to watch it in bite-sized chunks. 
  • [10:19] Shia's acting is great. Fans will want to watch it. 
  • [10:51] This movie gets 4 Spanx. 

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