‘Good Boys’ and ‘Armstrong’

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“Good Boys” is a light, funny and sweet film about growing up.

Three childhood friends approaching tweenhood have been friends since infancy. Christening themselves “The Beanbag Boys:” Max (Jacob Tremblay) is the emotional girl-crazy one; Thor (Brady Noon) is the gifted singer who feels peer pressure to stop singing because it is not cool enough; and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) is the sensitive smart one.

Max’s father (Will Forte) goes on a business trip and leaves Max one instruction: Don’t touch his drone. “Lasagna and orange soda, don’t tell my parents I’m having this,” he jokingly tells his parents (Retta and Lil Rel Howery). They, in turn, tell him that they are getting a divorce.

Thor keeps getting taunted by Atticus. Max defends him: “Don’t listen to Atticus. His dad doesn’t even pay taxes.”

They share all the crazy rumors that they hear: “I know about the park — they do cocaine there.”

Lucas worries that anything he does will wind up on “their permanent record.”

Max has a huge crush on Brixlee (Millie Davis), and is ecstatic when cool kid Soren (Izaac Wang) invites him to his first “kissing” party. The loyal Max gets Soren to invite both Thor and Lucas as well.

Not ever having kissed girls, the boys are desperate to learn how to kiss, and use Thor’s parent’s CPR dummy, which really is not a CPR dummy.

Their next hapless idea is to use Max’s dad’s drone to spy on a young couple next door, Benji (Josh Caras) and Hannah (Molly Gordon).

“My neighbor’s a nymphomaniac,” Max says.

“She likes to start fires?” Thor asks.

“That’s a pyromaniac,” Max replies. “A nymphomaniac is someone who has sex on land and sea.”

Benji and Hannah break up and the drone spies on Hannah and Lily (Midori Francis). The women grab the drone and refuse to return it. Thor takes Hannah’s purse. They try to negotiate a trade when they realize that Hannah has drugs in her purse, which they refuse to give back.

The sixth-grade trio ditch school in order to get to the mall and buy another drone, with Hannah and Lily in hot pursuit, looking to retrieve their drugs. When Lucas hurts himself, Max asks: “Do you have health insurance?”

“I think I only have a deductible,” Lucas says.

The film pays homage to films like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Risky Business,” and is geared to a younger age.

It revels in naivete and childlike curiosity, as well as the challenges of growing up, and growing apart from friends that you love.

‘Armstrong’

“We’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of human beings to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul. We’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream,” says Harrison Ford as he narrates “Armstrong”, a moving, powerful, interesting and satisfying documentary on Neil Armstrong, from his rural Ohio childhood to his first steps on the moon, the first person to do so.

“Columbus wasn’t sure where he was going. I hope we don’t terminate at a place we weren’t expecting to visit,” Armstrong says in an interview.

“The night before he went to the gate he said ‘I just want you to know that I’m confident that we’ll come back, but there is some danger in this mission,’” his son, Rick, said.

“Everything had to work,” his wife, Janet, said. “We didn’t know that there wasn’t going to be a glitch somewhere.”

“We were privileged to live in that slice of history which changed how man looked at himself and what he might become,” Armstrong said.

Some $25-$33 billion, 30,000 technicians, the pledge of a president, some heartbreaking failures and stirring successes led up to the moon launch.

“You work hard, you keep your nose clean, were Neil’s small town, Midwestern German roots and values,” his son, Mark, said.

He was quiet and read books. He was interested in airplanes early on, working his way up from 10-cent airplanes to building airplanes with motors.

“I wanted to be an airplane designer. I wanted to spend my life in aviation.”

He got his pilot’s license before his driver’s license. “The first time you solo fly an airplane is an exceptional day. There was a great deal of excitement in my first flight.”

After college on a Navy scholarship, he flew during the Korean Conflict. His flying skill during crisis set him apart from the other pilots.

“It was really loud. It was an honest to God ‘go to the moon machine.’”

On April 12, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin flew once around the world in 89 minutes. On April 14, then President John F. Kennedy called NASA into the White House. “Is there any place we can catch them? Can we put a man on the moon before them?” he asked.

Edwards Air Force Base transitioned into space flight. The X-15 was a little plane powered by a big rocket, which led to the Saturn and then the Apollo programs.

Over a half a billion people watched the moon landing, which could be the single most unifying moment in world history, providing people with the hope that comes from human collaboration and achievement, the notion that anything is possible if you work hard enough.

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