Good Boy Movie Review: A Rom-Com Horror with a Peculiar Twist

Movie Bunker Score:
3/5

Good Boy

Release: 2022-06-03Genre: HorrorDuration: 76 minsBudget: $ 8,500
Overview

Christian - a millionaire heir, meets Sigrid - a young student, on a dating app. They hit it off quickly, but there's only one problem: Christian lives with Frank, a man who dresses up and constantly acts like a dog.

Good Boy

Release: 2022-06-03Genre: HorrorDuration: 76 minsBudget: $ 8,500
Overview

Christian - a millionaire heir, meets Sigrid - a young student, on a dating app. They hit it off quickly, but there's only one problem: Christian lives with Frank, a man who dresses up and constantly acts like a dog.

In the quirky realm of Norwegian comedy-horror, director Viljar Bøe takes a daring leap with “Good Boy,” a film that, while not flawlessly executed, showcases a promising streak of boundary-pushing and audacity. The movie, Bøe’s third feature, unfolds a wildly bizarre premise revolving around the modern dating conundrum: what happens when your dream partner comes with an unexpected, four-legged companion?

The story follows Sigrid (Katrine Lovise Øpstad Fredriksen), a carefree student who, despite her casual attire on their first date, discovers an implausible match in the form of the well-groomed, calorie-counting millionaire orphan Christian (Gard Løkke). Everything seems perfect in his bachelor mansion until Sigrid is introduced to his “pet,” Frank (Nicolai Narvesen Lied), who convincingly masquerades as a dog. The film cleverly weaves a tale of opposites attracting, blending discomfort with humor as Sigrid navigates the eccentricities of her seemingly perfect partner.

As Sigrid decides to delve into the world of “puppy play” in the name of love, director Bøe skillfully exploits the scenario for layers of delightful discomfort. The film, however, avoids falling into the trap of becoming a Nordic S&M comedy or a probing exploration of delusion. Instead, it thrives on a spikier paranoia, hinting at the possibility of gaslighting, all while incorporating elements of love, manipulation, and grooming.

The performances of the lead actors, particularly Gard Løkke with his controlled demeanor and poster-boy looks, play a pivotal role in sustaining the farcical atmosphere. While “Good Boy” takes a darker turn in its second half, steering toward conventional horror, it refrains from fully embracing its more original impulses. Nonetheless, the film touches on relevant themes such as digital dating etiquette and underlying emotional complexities, offering enough substance for a potential Hollywood remake.

In the end, “Good Boy” provides a unique blend of romance, comedy, and horror, raising intriguing questions about the unconventional dynamics of modern relationships. With its peculiar premise and captivating performances, this Norwegian gem is worth a watch. “Good Boy” will be available on digital platforms starting September 11th, promising an entertaining experience that leaves audiences questioning the boundaries of love and companionship.

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