Kate (Kate Frampton) gets by in life working at a diner and in her spare time she loves nothing more than playing video games. She doesn’t really get out all that much, but that’s about to change when her father dies, leaving her their family home in his will. The catch is that in order to get hold of the deeds for the house, Kate’s father has set up a treasure hunt filled with clues as to where Kate will find them.
So, Kate heads out into the woods for her first clue but is startled by two men who seem like they have been out there for years. These two men are unshaven and half naked and they look like they may have never even touched civilisation. However, Kate sees an opportunity for them to help her and in exchange she helps them clean up a bit and learn about the world.
Wild Boys is a family comedy directed by Morten Forland which feels like the kind of movie that just doesn’t get made anymore. For those old enough to remember the likes of Harry and The Hendersons or Encino Man then they may find themselves instantly familiar with the format.
The two primitive men played by Vincent Catalina and Jordan Laemmlen will perhaps keep a smile on the faces of younger audiences, although perhaps their parents may question where they came from and why. This is because despite them being an integral part of the movie, they don’t really add anything to the plot other than comic relief.
There’s also the issue of making the kind of movie that adults may remember from their childhood thirty years ago. On the one hand they were imaginative and had lots of laughs, but on the other there were certainly aspects which were more adult orientated.
This is no different in Wild Boys because although it’s a simple action adventure, there are certainly more adult topics that are raised which parents may want to gloss over.
However, Wild Boys is unique and refreshing for the time and may keep its audience happy. It’s just that parents may have a little conversation here and there on the finer points.
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