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''Honey Boy'' is a 2019 indie-drama film directed by Alma Har'el. It follows the story of Otis (Creator/LucasHedges), a problematic young actor in rehab, though the bulk of it is told in flashbacks that show Otis as a struggling child actor (Noah Jupe) living with his abusive, former rodeo clown father, James (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf).

The film is notable for being written by [=LaBeouf=] in court-mandated rehab where he discovered he was suffering from PTSD. Otis is based on [=LaBeouf=] himself, and [=LaBeouf=]'s character is based on his own father. This marks his first feature writing credit, as well as Har'el's feature directorial debut.

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''Honey Boy'' is a 2019 indie-drama indie drama film directed by Alma Har'el. It follows the story of Otis (Creator/LucasHedges), a problematic young actor in rehab, though the bulk of it is told in flashbacks that show Otis as a struggling child actor (Noah Jupe) living with his abusive, former rodeo clown father, father James (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf).

The film is notable for being written by [=LaBeouf=] as a form of therapy in court-mandated rehab where he discovered he was suffering from PTSD. Otis is based on [=LaBeouf=] himself, and [=LaBeouf=]'s character is based on his own father.father (with the film's title being his father's real childhood nickname for him). This marks his first feature writing credit, as well as Har'el's feature directorial debut.



* AnswerCut: After his rehab counselor tells him that he has PTSD, Otis is taken aback and asks "From what?", after which the film cuts to its main title, and we have our first flashback into Otis' childhood.



* BrokenBird: Otis fits the bill, with most of the film exploring how he became to develop his SourOutsideSadInside.

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* BrokenBird: Otis fits the bill, with most of the film exploring how he became to develop his SourOutsideSadInside.SourOutsideSadInside character.



* RapidFireNo: The film starts out with Otis giving one of these on set, which is a nod to Shia [=LaBeouf=]'s own career.

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* RapidFireNo: The film starts out with Otis giving one of these on set, the set of an action movie, which is presumably a nod to Shia [=LaBeouf=]'s own career.famous penchant for them.



* SourOutsideSadInside: By the time he's become a young adult and successful actor, Otis has developed a toxic lifestyle that ultimately leads him to court-mandated rehab.

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* SourOutsideSadInside: By the time he's become a young adult and successful actor, Otis has developed a toxic lifestyle to deal with his trauma that ultimately leads him to court-mandated rehab.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:James seems to make peace with his past and goes on to better himself..but it's pretty clear the scars of his father's abuse will continue to linger on him for a long time]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:James [[spoiler:Otis seems to make peace with his past and goes on to better himself..but it's pretty clear the scars of his father's abuse will continue to linger on him for a long time]].


* BlackBestFriend: Otis's only friend in rehab appears to be Percy.

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* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini: James. It's unknown what ''became'' of him following Otis becoming an actor, but considering the ending's final scene, it's implied he passed away before Otis could finally lay down all the trauma he inflicted on him.]]


* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: James seems to make peace with his past and goes on to better himself..but it's pretty clear the scars of his father's abuse will continue to linger on him for a long time]].

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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: James [[spoiler:James seems to make peace with his past and goes on to better himself..but it's pretty clear the scars of his father's abuse will continue to linger on him for a long time]].


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* InnocentlyInsensitive: The shy girl, Otis' neighbor, is a sex worker, but also spends time with Otis of her own free will. They even get intimate, which prompts Otis to offer to pay her before she leaves. Ouch.


* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Otis's neighbor, with whom he develops a genuine bond.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Otis's neighbor, Shy Girl, with whom he develops a genuine bond.bond.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Shy Girl is only ever called Shy girl.

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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: James seems to make peace with his past and goes on to better himself..but it's pretty clear the scars of his father's abuse will continue to linger on him for a long time]].


''Honey Boy'' is a 2019 indie-drama film directed by Alma Har'el. It follows the story of Otis (Creator/LucasHedges), a problematic young actor in rehab, though the bulk of it is told in flashbacks that show Otis as a struggling child actor (Noah Jupe) living with his abusive, former rodeo clown father (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf).

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''Honey Boy'' is a 2019 indie-drama film directed by Alma Har'el. It follows the story of Otis (Creator/LucasHedges), a problematic young actor in rehab, though the bulk of it is told in flashbacks that show Otis as a struggling child actor (Noah Jupe) living with his abusive, former rodeo clown father father, James (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf).



* AbusiveParents: Basically the subject of the film is the abuse Otis' father put him through and how it still affects him ten years later.
* BlackBestFriend: Otis' only friend in rehab appears to be Percy.

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* AbusiveParents: Basically the subject of the film is the abuse Otis' father Otis's father, James, put him through and how it still affects him ten years later.
* BlackBestFriend: Otis' Otis's only friend in rehab appears to be Percy.



* HatesTheirParent: Otis lives in fear of his fathers' outbursts, and by the end, it's clear that their relationship has deteriorated beyond repair.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Otis' neighbor, with whom he develops a genuine bond.
* ParentsAsPeople: Otis' dad is displayed in all his flawed, abusive glory.

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* HatesTheirParent: Otis lives in fear of his fathers' father's outbursts, and by the end, it's clear that their relationship has deteriorated beyond repair.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Otis' Otis's neighbor, with whom he develops a genuine bond.
* ParentsAsPeople: Otis' Otis's dad is displayed in all his flawed, abusive glory.


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* RomanAClef: Shia [=LeBeouf=] based the story off of his own life experiences with his father. Otis stands in for [=LeBeouf=] and Otis's father, James, stands in for [=LeBeouf=]'s father.


The film is notable for being written by [=LaBeouf=] in court-mandated rehab where he discovered he was suffering from PTSD. Otis is based on [=LaBeouf=] himself, and [=LaBeouf=]'s character is based on his own father.

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The film is notable for being written by [=LaBeouf=] in court-mandated rehab where he discovered he was suffering from PTSD. Otis is based on [=LaBeouf=] himself, and [=LaBeouf=]'s character is based on his own father. This marks his first feature writing credit, as well as Har'el's feature directorial debut.

''Honey Boy'' premiered at Sandbox/{{Sundance}} early in the year before being picked up by Creator/AmazonStudios for distribution.

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* BrokenBird: Otis fits the bill, with most of the film exploring how he became to develop his SourOutsideSadInside.


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* HairTriggerTemper: Otis has developed one of these by the time he's grown up, as seen when he can't get his safety harness off or when he lashes out at the other rehab patients.


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* RapidFireNo: The film starts out with Otis giving one of these on set, which is a nod to Shia [=LaBeouf=]'s own career.
* SourOutsideSadInside: By the time he's become a young adult and successful actor, Otis has developed a toxic lifestyle that ultimately leads him to court-mandated rehab.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Otis' neighbor, with whom he develops a genuine bond.

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->'''James:''' How do you think it feels to have my son paying me? How do you think that feels?
->'''Otis:''' You wouldn't be here if I didn't pay you.

''Honey Boy'' is a 2019 indie-drama film directed by Alma Har'el. It follows the story of Otis (Creator/LucasHedges), a problematic young actor in rehab, though the bulk of it is told in flashbacks that show Otis as a struggling child actor (Noah Jupe) living with his abusive, former rodeo clown father (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf).

The film is notable for being written by [=LaBeouf=] in court-mandated rehab where he discovered he was suffering from PTSD. Otis is based on [=LaBeouf=] himself, and [=LaBeouf=]'s character is based on his own father.
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* AbusiveParents: Basically the subject of the film is the abuse Otis' father put him through and how it still affects him ten years later.
* BlackBestFriend: Otis' only friend in rehab appears to be Percy.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Otis attempts to do this to his dad, but unfortunately, he caught him in a particularly bad mood. It leads to the memory that appears to hurt Otis the most.
* HatesTheirParent: Otis lives in fear of his fathers' outbursts, and by the end, it's clear that their relationship has deteriorated beyond repair.
* ParentsAsPeople: Otis' dad is displayed in all his flawed, abusive glory.
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