The Boys Are Back (2009)
Country: Australia, UK
Release Date: 12 November 2009 (Australia)
Run Time: 104 min
Director: Scott Hicks
Writers: Simon Carr, Allan Cubitt
Stars: Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser
Trivia: A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.
The Boys Are Back is a confessional tale of fatherhood. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter who, in the wake of his wife's death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just says yes." Raising two boys - a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage -- in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with a lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless... and on the constant verge of disaster. The three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up.