Honey Boy

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In 2019, director Alma Har’el will deliver her first scripted feature, Honey Boy, the highly anticipated film written by Shia LaBeouf who stars alongside Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe. Directly based on LaBeouf’s formative years, the film received the Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Amazon Studios. The film’s theatrical release date has not yet been announced.

“I’ve never seen a film quite like Honey Boy.”


Featured as one of the 10 best movies of Sundance 2019


Featured as one of Sundance’s 2019 movies that could become an Oscar contender


Noah Jupe featured as one of the best performances of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival


“Har’el’s direction is assured and unpretentious. Each actor has his moment to transfix the audience, and each seizes it. The sheer rawness of their performances is a testament to Har’el’s ability to create an environment where that’s even possible. To tell someone else’s life story — especially when it’s being told with such brutal honesty — is impressive. To do so with with warmth, intellect, and vulnerability is a Herculean feat.”


“Har’el is a major talent who has demonstrated, via her 2011 documentary “Bombay Beach,” the poetic ability to look past surface judgments of struggling lower-class Americans and register what is universal about their experience.”

– VARIETY – Featured as one of the best films of Sundance 2019

“An impressive, vividly realized piece of work, marking an assured feature screenwriting bow for LaBeouf and fiction directing debut for Har’el.”


“electrifying performances, smooth direction, and a contemplative vision, which looks far beyond itself. If I believed even the tiniest bit in the Academy Awards to consistently award great films and bold standout performances, I would tell you to go all in on LaBeouf in February 2020.”


“Shia LaBeouf is Astounding in This Deeply Personal, Autobiographical Drama. One of the most deeply personal and cathartic films that I’ve ever seen on the big screen.”


“Weaving together two separate timelines, filmmaker Alma Har’el (of the arty documentaries Bombay Beach and LoveTrue) gives LaBeouf’s vulnerable exercise a purposely unruly shape, mapping the chaos of addiction with guts and style. A dazzling breakthrough performance. A reminder of a talent that, despite its own worst instincts, refuses to be snuffed out.”


“A triumph for LaBeouf…a spectacular narrative debut for noted documentary filmmaker Alma Har’el. It’s the stunning work of Jupe that will win eventually you over. Har’el takes material that could have easily been too messy for words and transforms it into an increasingly captivating experience. “Honey Boy” may center on the impressive portrayals of three talented actors, but it’s the woman behind the camera that makes it soar. You simply can’t wait to see what she does next.”


“A guaranteed conversation piece that deserves a place in the postmodern celebrity canon…rarely”


“A cinematic act of courage…riveting drama, always existing as a personal, meta piece for a man openly and artistically dealing with his past while also being a study of child stardom, addiction, and abuse.”


“Refreshingly direct, and at times, wrenchingly personal, anchored by vulnerable old-soul Jupe, who gives one of the most moving child performances I’ve seen in years.”


“In a curious exercise that shines through and through, LaBeouf plays an analog of his own father, with gifted 13-year-old Noah Jupe (“A Quiet Place”) portraying a LaBeouf avatar named Otis. “Honey Boy” isn’t just some butch vanity project; it’s a moving portrait of fame, family and personal growth, directed with a poetic touch by Alma Har’el, who lends a light, sympathetic hand to what at times plays like a devastating symphony.”



Directed by Alma Har’el

Written by Shia LaBeouf

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA Twigs, Martin Starr, Laura San Giacomo, Clifton Collins Jr., and Byron Bowers

Produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Anita Gou, Christopher Leggett, and Alma Har’el

Executive produced by Fred Berger, Rafael Marmor, Daniel Crown, and Bill Benenson

Cinematography by Natasha Braier

Production designed by JC Molina

Costume designed by Natalie O’Brie

Edited by Monica Salazar and Dominic Laperriere

Composed by Alex Somers

Additional music by Paul Corley and Zach Shields 

Casting by Chelsea Ellis Bloch, John Papsidera, and Jennifer Venditti

Production companies: Automatik, Delirio Films, Stay Gold Features, Kindred Spirit, and Red Crown Productions