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Rated PG-13 · 104 minutes · 2009

Drama
The domestication of Clive Owen. Instead of a spy or a desperado, the rugged actor plays a newly widowed English transplant sportswriter in Australia who is suddenly obliged to reconcile his grieving six-year-old son (Nicholas McAnulty) with the kid’s half-brother (George MacKay), the Owen character’s estranged teenage son from a previous marriage. Surprise — Owen is almost as convincing hugging his boys as he was leaping off rooftops. Alan Cubitt’s screenplay, adapted from Simon Carr’s novel, is pretty much standard-brand single-dad-sitcom stuff, but it’s directed with a minimum of treacle by Scott Hicks (Shine), and Owen broadens his resume with a family-friendly outing (104 min.).
Official Site: www.boysarebackmovie.com
Director: Scott Hicks
Writer: Simon Carr and Allan Cubitt
Producer: Timothy White and Greg Brenman
Cast: Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, George MacKay, Tommy Bastow, Emma Booth, Emma Lung, Natasha Little, Erik Thomson, Adam Morgan and Nicholas McAnulty

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