Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Boys (Touchstone Movie)

“Boys” is a coming-of-age drama film released in 1996, produced by Hollywood Pictures. The film is directed by Stacy Cochran and stars Winona Ryder and Lukas Haas in the lead roles.

The story revolves around Patty Vare, played by Winona Ryder, a troubled high school girl who has recently lost her father and is struggling to cope with her emotions and the changes in her life. She is introverted and finds it difficult to connect with others around her, leading her to feel isolated and withdrawn.

One day, Patty meets John Baker Jr., portrayed by Lukas Haas, a young man who works at a local gas station. John is kind and gentle, and he sees the sadness in Patty’s eyes. They start spending time together and form a deep and meaningful connection. Through their friendship, Patty starts to open up and confront her feelings of grief and loss.

As their relationship develops, Patty and John navigate the complexities of growing up and discovering who they truly are. They face challenges from their families and peers, and Patty’s emotional struggles add further obstacles to their bond. Despite the difficulties, their friendship helps both of them find solace and understanding in each other.

“Boys” explores themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery, as well as the universal struggles of adolescence. The film also touches on the importance of connecting with others and finding support during difficult times.

The performances of Winona Ryder and Lukas Haas received praise from critics, with Ryder’s portrayal of Patty being particularly noteworthy for its emotional depth and vulnerability. The film’s soundtrack, featuring songs by artists like The Cure and Tori Amos, added to the film’s atmosphere and emotional resonance.

Overall, “Boys” is a heartfelt and poignant film that captures the challenges of adolescence and the power of human connection. It remains a touching coming-of-age story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Additional Details


  • Winona Ryder: Patty Vare
  • Lukas Haas: John Baker, Jr.
  • John C. Reilly: Officer Kellogg Curry
  • James LeGros: Fenton Ray
  • Skeet Ulrich: Bud Valentine
  • Matt Malloy: Bartender
  • Spencer Vrooman: John Murphy
  • Charlie Hofheimer: John Cooke
  • Bill Sage: Officer Bill Martone
  • Marty McDonough: Teacher
  • Wiley Wiggins: John Phillips
  • Vivienne Shub: Frances
  • Russell Young: John Van Slieder
  • Christopher Pettiet: Jon Heinz
  • Catherine Keener: Jilly
  • Maddie Corman: Liz Curry
  • Andy Davis: Jonathan Marco
  • Jessica Harper: Mrs. John Baker
  • Chris Cooper: John Baker, Sr.
  • Christopher Pettiet: John Phillips


  • Director: Stacy Cochran
  • Producers:Paul Feldsher, Peter Frankfurt and Erica Huggins
  • Writer: Stacy Cochran
  • Music: Stewart Copeland

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