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Review: Taika Waititi's 'Boy' A Whimsical & Unique Coming-Of-Age Tale From New Zealand

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 3, 2012 9:29 AM
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Taika Waititi’s whimsical, sophomore effort “Boy” is a coming-of age tale that drops us into 1984, and follows the titular Boy (James Rolleston), named after his absentee father, Alamein (Waititi). He lives with his grandmother, younger brother Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu) and four cousins who act as adorable window dressing around their rundown farm. When his grandmother leaves for a funeral, Alamein -- newly freed from prison -- returns to their home with two hooligans in tow to crash, with plans to find a pile of money he buried years earlier. Meanwhile, Boy hopes that with his father back in his life, he will take them away and they can be a family.
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Taika Waititi Talks About Making The Smash Hit New Zealand Film 'Boy' & His Plans To Reunite With Jemaine Clement

  • By John Lichman
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  • February 2, 2012 2:05 PM
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After screening “Boy” for the first time in the United States since January 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival, writer-director-actor Taika Waititi had only one thing to say: “Thanks for watching this film in a space-age room.”

Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement Co-Writing A Comedy About World War II & A Vampire Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 31, 2012 9:57 AM
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Actor-writer-director-comedian Taika Waititi has been rising quickly in certain circles. He followed his critically-acclaimed directorial debut "Eagle Vs. Shark" with the coming-of-age dramedy "Boy," the highest grossing film in New Zealand history, slated to make it's stateside debut this March. With all involved interested in forgetting his comic relief turn in front of the camera for "Green Lantern," Waititi is eager to return to the director's chair, and has two projects currently brewing. And for writing help, he's enlisted his somewhat more higher profile "Eagle Vs. Shark" leading man Jemaine Clement.

Review: 'Boy' Doesn't Talk Down To Its Audience, But May Have Trouble Reaching Them

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 8, 2011 4:45 AM
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This film played as part of the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

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