Would you like to see The Boys Are Back?

by singlemomseeking on September 27, 2009

When I first heard about the new movie The Boys Are Back — thanks to Dr. Leah’s recent Tweet — I wanted to see it. (Some of you know that I’m a big fan of single dad movies.)

The Boys Are Back (PG-13) was adapted from a memoir of the same name by Simon Carr. Here’s the story: remarried globe-trotting sportswriter Joe Warr (Clive Owen) loses his wife to cancer. Now, he’s a single dad, raising his young son alone. Before you know it, his ex-wife decides that it’s time for their teenage son to get to know him better. Yeah, you get the picture.

The Boys Are Back

So, how does this single dad of two boys — a six-year-old and a teenager — cope in his house in the Australian countryside? From what I’ve read, his parenting style is based on the motto “Just Say Yes” (that style sounds familiar!), which quickly turns to chaos and disorder.

Many reviewers — such as Huffington Post blogger Marshall Fine — say the film is very affecting. Fine compares The Boys Are Back to Kramer vs. Kramer (one of my favorite movies!) when it “took movie audiences by surprise with its tale of a workaholic dad forced to reorder his priorities to focus on being a caregiver (back before anyone had heard the term ‘caregiver’).”

Other reviewers, however, say the film is too “tidy.” I’m really curious to see how realistic Hollywood presents the life of a single parent… Are you?

The Boys Are Back opened this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. Get this: Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood is sending me to the screening on Thursday.

And she has five more tickets to give away to screenings the week of October 5 and beyond.

So, if you live in one of the following cities, you can win a free pair of tickets to be there: 

Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, St, Louis, Tuscon, Tulsa.

If your city is listed above, all you need to do is leave a comment!


Here’s the trailer, if you’d like to see more:

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Photo of Nicholas McAnulty and Clive Owen courtesy of Miramax Films

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Emma October 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

Would love to see this in Atlanta!


Anita October 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

I’m in Milwaukee – I’d love to see Clive!!!!


Glenn October 2, 2009 at 10:45 am

Would love to see this movie in Charlotte, NC!


Eric October 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I’m glad movies (and TV shows) are finally being made where the single dad is actually competent and doing his best, rather than a hapless boob.
.-= Eric´s last blog ..Lessons: September, 2009 =-.


Josh October 1, 2009 at 10:26 am

Hi there, really looking forward to this film. I’m in Las Vegas and would love a chance to go to the screening.


kriz bell September 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

would love to see it here in the SF Bay Area but sounds like the Mill Valley Film Fest sold it out- if not- I would LOVE the opportunity to meet my next ex-husband 😉 the one and only Clive Owen (hope you’re laughing)
.-= kriz bell´s last blog ..$2 or two dollars! =-.


Koren September 29, 2009 at 10:31 am

I would love to see it in Milwaukee!


Ms.V September 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Two words: San Francisco!
.-= Ms.V´s last blog ..Before He Cheats. Heh. =-.


Anna September 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Very anxious to see Hollywood’s treatment of the lifestyle. I still can’t get over how rigid the “family unit” still is on TV and movies. I saw some ad for a new TV show highlighting all different types of families on some sitcom, but I didn’t see a single parent and was disappointed.

Plus I LOVE Clive Owen. I think it’s mostly the accent.


GLSD September 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I want to see it! My fav movie… kramer vs kramer…. i cried so much watching that movie!


Amy September 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

I would love to see this in Detroit, thanks!


That One Mom September 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

Looks great. I’m curious to see… Movies always paint singleparenting a bit easier than it really is!
.-= That One Mom´s last blog ..Bananas Are Bad For the Waistline… And the Thighs =-.


Randy September 28, 2009 at 8:42 am

Sounds like a good movie. Clive Owen is such a great actor. He was great in “Inside Man”. If he would have been the new James Bond instead of Daniel Craig (who is great, too) he would have done a good job, too.

I am located in San Francisco.


Diane Antonio September 28, 2009 at 8:13 am

I’m in the Phoenix area. Would love to see it. And better yet, would love a written review for SP Magazine, a quarterly publication for single parents and step parents. Will send you copies once printed. Please contact me if interested!
.-= Diane Antonio´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.


Melody September 28, 2009 at 7:25 am

I’m in Indy and would love to see it! Thanks for posting about it!


Jamie September 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

Would love to have tickets to see this in New Orleans. It looks fantastic!


jerri September 28, 2009 at 5:22 am

Would love to see it in Louisville!
Sounds great


Kari September 28, 2009 at 4:34 am

I live right near Detroit, would love to see it this weekend especially since I am child free for the first weekend in quite some time woohoo!!!

Any movie out would be wonderful 🙂
.-= Kari´s last blog ..Getting Healthy! =-.


Kari September 28, 2009 at 4:36 am

Just realized October 5th and beyond lol well… I figure it out for a movie night without the kid lol
.-= Kari´s last blog ..Getting Healthy! =-.


Phil September 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm

It’s playing here in North Bay at the Mill Valley Film Festival in a couple of weeks with Clive Owen and the director in attendance. Last weekend, I happened to be walking past the box office for it and there was a line wrapping around the block to get the tickets. It obviously sold out fast.


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