When 12-year-old Otis starts to find success as a child television star in Hollywood, his ex-rodeo-clown father returns to serve as his guardian. When Otis isn't on set charming audiences, he spends his days with his father at an extended-stay motel on the edge of the city, enduring his overbearing father's abuse. HONEY BOY follows two threads of time, watching father and son's contentious relationship and their attempts to mend it across the course of a decade. This stunning collaboration between screenwriter/star Shia LaBeouf and director Alma Har'el paints a painful yet inspired portrait of growing up. LaBeouf's script dives deep into Otis's psychology to mine uncomfortable truths about the lasting effects of abuse, while Har'el crafts an exciting, stylish film that never loses sight of its warm, heartfelt center. Two outstanding young actors, Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe, play Otis at different ages, and their intense performances reveal an emotionally raw character driven, simultaneously and paradoxically, by anger and the desire to forgive.

  • 1 hr 35 minR
  • Nov 8, 2019
  • Drama

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AMC Artisan Films

Here's why we selected this movie for AMC Artisan Films: New director Alma Har’el pairs with Shia LeBeouf, star and writer of this loosely autobiographical account of his life, who also plays… his own father. AMC Artisan Films is a new program that brings a curated gallery of the finest movies to AMC where everyone can enjoy them.

Cast & Crew

  • Shia LaBeoufActor

  • Lucas HedgesActor

    Lucas Hedges is an American actor. He is known for playing Patrick Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges. He also starred in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012), as Redford, as well as Kill the Messenger (2014), Lady Bird (2017), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). In 2018, he appeared as the older brother in Mid90s (2018), and turned from supporting work to starring roles, giving critically-acclaimed performances in two films about young men in jeopardy, Boy Erased (2018), where he plays a teenager sent to a gay conversion therapy clinic, and Ben Is Back (2018), as a drug-addict returning home for the holidays.
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  • Noah JupeActor

    Noah Jupe was born on February 25, 2005 in London as Noah Casford Jupe. He is an actor, known for Honey Boy (2019), Ford v Ferrari (2019) and A Quiet Place (2018).
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  • FKA TWIGSActor

  • ALMA HAR'ELDirector

  • ALMA HAR'ELProducer