The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
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Screenwriting cousins Jeff and Gregg Sherman team up to craft this documentary exploring the darker side of the relationship shared between their famous fathers, Robert and Richard. Back in the 1960s, Robert and Richard Sherman rose to fame penning upbeat songs for such classic children's films as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But the pair's catchy, optimistic ditties masked a contentious brotherly bond -- which ultimately grew so sour that their sons Jeff and Gregg weren't aware of one another despite the fact that they only lived a few blocks apart. ~ Jason Buchanan,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film holds their Disney songs in such high esteem, and discusses them with such little context, that The Boys sometimes feels as though it is set in Disneyland, not the real world."
‑ Dan Kois, Washington Post
"A touching and illuminating documentary about the songwriting duo."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
" affable, sporadically intriguing (yet somewhat underwhelming) piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The documentary covers 80 years of their lives, from a happy childhood right through to the present day, covering their personal and professional lives and offering a glimpse of their particular creative process."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Evocative and intriguing, spiced by lush, radiant movie clips illustrating the Sherman brothers' glorious legacy of music."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"It's a solid chapter in the history of American popular song, an examination of Walt Disney's final career triumphs, a glimpse at both the daily grind and the eureka moments of songwriting, and a story of family dynamics all rolled into one."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"An excellent film -- entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary that charts not only a story of tremendous success but sibling rivalry as well."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Film buffs and cineastes will find the doc's inside-show biz stories a real treat."
‑ Steve Simels, Boxoffice Magazine
"The story of the men who wrote them in the golden age of Walt Disney Studios' movie musicals, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, is one of the most fascinating chronicles of creative partnership never told."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"An absorbing study in creative tension."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Well-paced and full of anecdotal information, clips from the brothers' movies, and interviews with people who worked with them . . . . It's rich with history, and not just personal history."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A lively, engrossing, fascinating and well-edited documentary. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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