This movie offers such a great glimpse into New Zealand (specifically Māori) culture. It would be hard to get a hold of in USA, but if you can find it somewhere, watch it and love it. It is really slow (another glimpse into NZ culture... who needs to rush?) but has a great, quirky sense of humor and a great touch of human-ness to it. The characters are very real, and they are consistent throughout the film. If you've seen Flight of the Conchords, Taika has directed a few episodes of it (specifically "Drive By," "New Fans," "NewZealandTown," and "Evicted,") so that should give you an idea of what kind of humor or feel to get from it. While the film tackles social issues and can be quite serious, it is mostly light-hearted and fun to watch.
Boy is an 11-year-old living in rural New Zealand and when his grandmother, who takes care of him, his brother and his cousins, leaves to attend a funeral, he is in charge of the household. We find out his mother has passed, and his father has been in jail for roughly 6 years. One night, his father shows up and takes over the house with his two friends from jail. The film follows their getting to know each other and dealing with what being an adult means.
Very touching, beautifully done, very funny, and I can't help but be biased because I love New Zealand!
Rating: 8.5 out of 10