This foul-mouthed comedy has been referred to as “Superbad” for tweens, and while that description is reductive, it’s also somewhat accurate. The structure is similar: Like “Superbad,” it features young friends prepping to impress girls at a party later that night, and getting involved in a series of misadventures on the way, including drug deals gone bad, shady characters and dispassionate police officers. The main difference here is, of course, that the youngsters are tweens entering middle school instead of high schoolers leaving for college, but the profanity is just as ever-present: Hearing foul language coming from such young mouths is definitely one of the movie’s main comedy weapon, but it wears thin about halfway through. Luckily, there’s enough going on to keep things interesting, even as the plot starts to get a bit repetitive. The friendship between the three boys is easily the best part of the movie, as all three young performers (Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and a scene-stealing Keith L. Williams) share believable chemistry and have impressively layered dynamics among them. It’s not often laugh-out-loud funny so anyone expecting a gut-buster will be disappointed, but overall, it’s entertaining, well-paced, likable and easily digested.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)