Every monday night the boys put on skates and leave their troubled lives behind. Coached by stan the owner of thier favorite bar they play for fun and forget their age their lousy jobs and their weaknesses. They play for t... more »he love of the game. But then the game turns deadly serious. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 02/23/1999 Starring: Paul Houde Yvan Ponton Run time: 110 minutes Director: Louis Saia« less
""The Boys" is one of those fun, non-cerebral movies that wasn't made with Oscar in mind. It's pure entertainment. The formula is trite: local amateur hockey team made of not-very-good players (though they mean well) has a gambling-addicted owner/manager/coach who's about to lose the team to a thug unless they win the next game. You figure out the ending. As someone else mentioned, a few of the jokes fall flat but it's still an enjoyable movie. Even though the ending is obvious, there's still enough tension during the final game to make it suspenseful.The US version of the DVD is awful. The picture is fine, and the original French language track is great for those of us who are originally from "up north" and speak French fluently. But the English dubbing is *REALLY* bad: there's no emotion (the voice actors actually sound bored) and the voices really don't fit the characters. Surprisingly, there are no subtitles. The only extra is a filmography of some of the actors, but with no pictures to accompany their names, you don't know who's who! Get your hands on the original Canadian release (either a quick trip to Canada is in order or check out HMV.com) with the title "Les Boys" for a much better product. Although the terrible dubbed track is still present, there's also the wonderful option of the original French track with English subtitles...MUCH better! The extras also include trailers, a filmography *with* pictures, and a 20-minute promo piece (in French) on a Molson-sponsored tour of The Boys playing hockey in arenas throughout Quebec."
Good movie lousy dvd
lpclick | 05/28/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"For starters this dvd isn't widescreen. It's full frame. The movie has both the original french language track and a lousy English dub, but no subtitles. So unless your French is very good, you are stuck with the vastly inferior English track. The movie itself is cool kinda a cross between Slap Shot, The Full Monty and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
Quebec's top Box Office Champion
lpclick | Mirabel, Quebec Canada | 09/03/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"On the second weekend of November 1997, three major movies where released in Montreal. First was MGM's "Tomorrow Never Dies" with a budget of close to $100 million US. It was expected to be a hit like the previous James Bond "Goldeneye". The other one, was going to be the biggest blockbuster of all time, yet nobody new it at the time. It was James Cameron's "Titanic", at $200 million US, the biggest budget for a movie at the time. The third one, was a $3.5 million (in Canadian fund) comedy.Legend says that one of the producers of "Titanic", looking at the first weekends box office results said "what the f*?%"* is Les Boys". The small French "Québécois" comedy was number one in Quebec, Canada. The week after, "Titanic" ruled, but "Les Boys" became the biggest Quebec box office maker ever, with only "Titanic" on top of it.It is most certainly not for the movies quality that this became so. Its a formulaic comedy, with jokes that most of the time don't fly. Yet, the story is a David and Goliath one, about a group of middle age man, playing hockey on the weekends, that because of a bad bet of their team's coach, must play against a tough bully team. In the sterotypes that we see (the straight looking gay lawyer, the realtor with the big mouth, etc.), you have a good idea of how middle class "Québécois" sees themselves. And that's the reason it became a hit and spawned a sequel. That is also, why for anyone intrested in hockey or in French speaking Canada, they should see this movie."
Subtitles are better
lpclick | 12/04/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great flick if you can find the subtitled version. The dubbing is LIFELESS and horrible. I've seen "B" movies with Shannon Tweed that have better actors. However, if you're into the greatest game on earth, rent the VHS version with subtitles; it's worth it."
A fun story about Adult hockey league.
Robert Ouellet | Nashville , TN | 01/17/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The french version is better than the translated. This is a real funny story about beer league. If you have or play hockey in an adult league you will see yourself in this serie... this one is the first of four movies."