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Honey Boy

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Nov 8, 2019

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Movie Info & Cast


From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Dancer-singer 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 medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself.


  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Lucas Hedges
  • Noah Jupe
  • Byron Bowers
  • Laura San Giacomo
  • FKA Twigs
  • Natasha Lyonne
  • Maika Monroe
  • Clifton Collins Jr.
  • Mario Ponce

Did You Know?


  • The movie was written by Shia Labeouf, and is apparently a semi-autobiography about him and his father's relationship. He will also play the role of his father in it.
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    • James: How do you think it feels to have my son paying me? How do you think that feels?
    • [sadly]
    • Otis (12): You wouldn't be here if I didn't pay you.
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Feb 1, 2019

Honey Boy is not a self-justifying cri de coeur or a prankish exercise in narcissism, but a sensitive, sincere portrait of a child actor's dysfunctional upbringing and its devastating fallout.

Metacritic review by Jon Frosch
Jon Frosch
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 1, 2019

Despite committed performances from LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe, Honey Boy ends up feeling indulgent rather than searing, settling into its anguish rather than translating it into trenchant drama.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International
Feb 1, 2019

I realize this is an important movie for Shia LaBeouf, but I’m not convinced it’s an important movie for us.

Mike Ryan