December Boys

December Boys
December Boys
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2007
Rotten41%
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They share the same birth month, so the orphanage calls them the December Boys. But these teens – Maps, Spit, Spark and Misty – have much more in common. With no hopes of ever joining a family, they form their own familial bonds. Then the unexpected news comes that a young couple may adopt one of them, and the longtime pals suddenly share something else: a rivalry to be the chosen one. December Boys, a poignant memoir of friendship and family, marks Daniel Radcliffe's first major film role outside the Harry Potter series. He plays Maps, a big brother to the group as it stumbles and wavers on its way toward manhood. Join the boys for their remarkable journey of the heart called growing up.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten41%
Critics Consensus: December Boys' location and settings are invitingly gorgeous, but the coming-of-age drama that takes place on them is uneventful and far too sentimental.
Reviews
Time Out
Hank Sartin
Rotten

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
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The coast of Australia is an apt setting for Rod Hardy's precious drama: It's Beaches for men.

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday
Rotten

Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic...

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

I was not charmed. I was not moved.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
1960s coming-of-age tale with Harry Potter star.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that underage boys secretly smoke, drink beer and wine, and try to catch glimpses of women in states of undress. Their attempts are amateurish and relatively innocent. One scene dramatizes an adolescent boy's introduction to kissing and sexuality by a precocious girl slightly older, but experienced. No nudity involved, but there is kissing, suggestive touching, and a clear implication that sexual intercourse takes place when the scene ends. The fact that Maps, the boy involved, is played by Daniel Radcliffe, best known as Harry Potter, adds to the provocative nature of the scene.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:September 14, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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