Give Clive Owen an Oscar already…

Clive Owen, who is always amazing on screen, gives a career performance as a grieving widower father in the current film “The Boys are Back” – a film we endorse.

Here is a description of the film courtesy of Landmark Theatres:


“Inspired by a true story, The Boys Are Back is a deeply moving, wryly confessional tale of fatherhood that intimately evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter (Clive Owen) who, in the wake of his wife’s tragic death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. With turbulent emotions swirling just below the surface, Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: “Just say yes.” Raising two boys—a curious six-year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage—in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with an unabashed lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless…and on the constant verge of disaster. United by unspoken love, conflicted by fierce feelings and in search of a road forward, the three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Their story is not just about the transforming power of a family crisis—but the unavoidable grace of everyday life and love that gets them through. Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine).”

The story is not the most original story you will see, but very moving and entertaining made so by the great Clive Owen who is at his best here.  Owen fits our sensibility by being a throwback to the great movie stars of a time gone by.  He is elegant and owns the screen.

Lost Cowboy is not a critic or a review site — we just call out things we like, and we like this movie.  “The Boys are Back” is in limited release across the US, watch for it.  Or make a note to catch the DVD or cable broadcast.