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  • Summary: The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, the astoundingly prolific, Academy Award-winning songwriting team that defined family musical entertainment for five decades. The feature-length documentary, conceived produced and directed by two of the songwriter' sons, takes audiences behind the scene of the Hollywood magic factory and offers a rare glimpse of a unique creative process at work. It also explores a deep and longstanding rift that has kept the brothers personally estranged throughout much of their unparalleled professional partnership. (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
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  1. The result is an excellent film - entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Boys is first-rate cinema archaeology. What pushes it beyond that is the brutal honesty with which the sibling rivalry between the elder Shermans is depicted; theirs is a palpable mixture of love and disdain that led to the men not socializing with each other for more than 40 years.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Engaging documentary draws on plentiful archival footage and A-list interviewees, and should lure dedicated nostalgists.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A touching and illuminating documentary.
  5. 75
    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and a host of other notables sing the praises of the estranged siblings, whose work is illustrated by copious film clips.
  6. 70
    Comprehensive, fulfilling film.

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  1. CarlosF
    Sep 10, 2009
    Just saw this film at D23 Expo. A great tribute to 2 men who have brought so much joy to so many.
  2. DinoP
    Jun 10, 2009
    Wow. Who knew? Head, heart, style... an honest and fascinating glimpse inside the creative process.
  3. JohnM
    May 24, 2009
    I hate watching famous people complain about their lives. They should consider themselves lucky to have had the opportunities they've had and the money that they've made. Sappy but I do like the songs a lot. Expand