Video Review: 'Boys'
Any movie in which the main character says, ”I feel like I woke up with the dial on the wrong channel” is just asking for trouble, n’est-ce pas? And it’s hard to get through this pandering preppie wet dream of Boys — in which a private-school rebel (Haas) finds a soul mate in a troubled ”older woman” (Ryder) — without a giggle or two. But if director Stacy Cochran’s script contains plenty of clinkers, Boys at least nails the hermetic snottiness of teen life in a dorm. The cast, too, rises above the material: Ryder gives her loose lady a charismatic glow and Haas — once the saucer-eyed tyke of 1985’s Witness, now an avidly alert teenager — almost makes you forget that his character is little more than a faded Holden Caulfield Xerox. C