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"Rien au monde ne leur ferait manquer leur rendez-vous hebdomadaire"note 

Starting out as a 1997 feature film (followed by three sequels, a prequel, and a TV series), Les Boys depicts the (mis)adventures of an amateur hockey league.

The original movie focused on the players of an amateur hockey team (the titular "Boys"), made up of average Joes, and run by pub owner Stan. Stan's a good guy, with one vice - gambling. After losing a substantial amount ($50,000) to his mobster friend Meo, Stan is desperate, and is considering selling his pub ("Chez Stan"). However, Meo's a (relatively) good guy, and tells Stan that if his Boys can beat Meo's team of thugs, then the debt will be settled. If not, Stan loses the pub. After a series of close calls, Les Boys manage to pull out a win, and Stan keeps the pub.

Notable for featuring several popular Quebecois actors: Patrick Huard (Bon Cop, Bad Cop), Pierre Lebeau (Bon Cop, Bad Cop), Rémy Girard (Insecurity, The Barbarian Invasions), Antoine Bertrand, Yvan Ponton (Slap Shot), Marc Messier (La Petite Vie), and Guy Jodoin (Dans Une Galaxie Près De Chez Vous)... And that's just for starters!


"Les Tropes":

  • Berserk Button: Every so often Popol starts freaking out and screaming that his name is Leopold, damn it!
    • Julien and his facial hair. Do not tease him about it!
    • Jean-Charles, of course, will not react well to homophobic behavior, perceived or otherwise. To wit, he violently tackled someone who kept throwing slurs at him during a game to such an extent that he hospitalized the guy. He also refused to represent one of his teammates in court once he found out the conflict began when said teammate provoked the situation with homophobic insults.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes the Boys will use "joual" (Quebec slang) while speaking to unsuspecting Anglophones (Alex Kovalev, for example), who will later repeat the phrases (to other Francophones) without knowing their true meanings. Hilarity often ensues.
  • Cliffhanger: The end of the first episode of season three was one, with Meo suddenly staggering around, clutching his chest and collapsing on the ice in the middle of a game. He'd had a heart attack due to his bad eating and smoking habits. He survived and cleaned up his act... somewhat, but suffered from a fear of death for a few episodes until Stan managed to pull him out of it.
    • There was later a similar incident with Stan, who collapsed with a heart attack after a fight with Popol. He got better, but had fun taking revenge on Popol (with Meo's help)... Until Popol also had a heart attack!
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  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Some members of the team just stop showing up in-between certain installments and are never mentioned again, with Ti-Guy almost being an exception; after being a prominent member of the team for the first three films, he's seen hospitalized in the fourth which explains his absence... and then he, also, is never heard from or mentioned again.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Julien, Gerry, Dr. Marleau.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Each episode usually focuses on one Boy in particular.
  • Disappeared Dad: Julien has one, but he recently came back (in search of Julien's money). Somewhat subverted in that, while Julien comes to accept him as his father if only because his real father's unlikely to ever return in his life, the man turned out to be a reluctant con-man who was unwilling to go through with conning him, giving said money back.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first film has a very different tone than its sequels and subsequent spin-off television series, including the depiction of characters, especially Méo. Whereas in the second movie and forward, he's both an ally, team member and friend to the Boys, he is the center antagonist to Stan in the first, wanting to take his pub away from him in exchange of not breaking his legs due to the money he owes him from a card game. The sheer difference in his attitude post-first film is strong enough that he may as well be a completely different character.
  • Feeling Their Age: Bob continuously struggles with this starting the third film, creeping its way into the series. At one point, he even sleeps with a woman both younger and more energetic than him; he struggles so much to keep up with her that he needs to medicate himself halfway through and try to find an excuse to leave before satisfaction.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Handsome Lech: Bob. Full stop. Well, at least until he gets married.
  • Henpecked Husband: Gerry.
  • The Mafia: Meo. The Quebec Hell's Angels showed up in one episode as well.
  • Motor Mouth: Philippe. Good grief.
  • Papa Wolf: Stan to Popol.
    • Mario to his son.
    • Jean-Charles to his son, after he finds out he has one.
  • Straight Gay: Jean-Charles (who was unceremoniously outed by his boyfriend at the end of the first movie).
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Fernand, between seasons one and two of the TV show, by way of falling down a manhole while going to cash a check.
    • Less notably, Labine in the second film, which opens with his funeral. Apart from Fernand, nobody in the team seems to care, let alone pretend to; Stan openly bemoans the property damage Labine caused when he died over the death itself. Given Labine's lack of presence/character in the first film, probably nobody watching cared either.
  • True Companions: Even though they may squabble amongst themselves, Les Boys have got each other's backs to the end.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Popol and Julien.