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Never short on humor, Waititi’s story is ultimately about three boys (one grown) reconciling fantasy with reality.

It’s 1984, and Michael Jackson is king—even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version—an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Inspired by his Oscar-nominated short, TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT, Taika Waititi offers a charming, funny, and earnest coming-of-age story where everybody has some coming of age to do—particularly Alamein (affably played by Waititi himself). Never short on humor, Waititi’s story is ultimately about three boys (one grown) reconciling fantasy with reality.

—Sundance Film Festival 2010

Cultural Significance

Inspired by his Oscar-nominated short, TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT, Taika Waititi offers a charming, funny, and earnest coming-of-age story where everybody has some coming of age to do—particularly Alamein. Never short on humor, Waititi’s story is ultimately about three boys (one grown) reconciling fantasy with reality.

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