Honey Boy Takes A Deep, Painful Dive Into Shia LaBeouf’s Traumatic Childhood
Directed by Alma Har’el from
a script LaBeouf wrote during court-mandated rehab in 2017, the film takes a personal look at the actor’s traumatic childhood, and the lasting impact it has had on his life. How personal? Well, for starters,
LaBeouf plays a version of his own dad, Jeffrey LaBeouof, a former rodeo clown and abusive alcoholic who vacillates between supportive and loving to violent with mercurial speed. Meanwhile,
A Quiet Place breakout star Noah Jupe and
Boy Erased’s Lucas Hedges play the younger and older versions of Otis, a complex character based on LaBeouf himself. And FKA Twigs,
whom LaBeouf was rumored to have dated, rounds off the main cast as their next door neighbor, Shy Girl, with whom young Otis develops a tender and platonic relationship with.