From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood's ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.
You've got to be in the right headspace for this type of drama or it could eat you up. That being said Honey Boy is a total accomplishment for Shia in all aspects of the word. Honestly when Holes & Transformers were around I was not a fan but over the last 10 years or so he has delivered incredible performances this being the most vulnerable in my opinion. The entire cast is amazing & shining a light on child stardom and the repercussions of that matters. We've seen this scenario play in Hollywood too many times. Maybe this will make a dent somehow and I look forward to seeing what comes next for Shia.
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