THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Director: George Clooney
2023, 123min., PG-13
Screenwriter: Mark L. Smith
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Chris Diamantopoulos, Callum Turner, James Wolk, Courtney Henggeler, Hadley Robinson
(Open Captioning) available Monday, Jan. 29 (4pm)
Thrilling cinematography of an 8-man rowing crew cutting through the water, Oscar-level performances, and underdogs who take on the Nazis at the 1936 Olympics – The Boys in the Boat has it all! Clooney’s new film tells the true story of a University of Washington rowing team who are forged into one incredibly connected unit by their Coach (Joel Edgerton of Loving and Master Gardener). One student (upcoming star Callum Turner), made homeless by the Great Depression, tries out for the team to make some money. Luckily, the perceptive Coach recognizes his exceptional talent and perseverance. Although some critics have carped about this “old fashioned” tale of good v. evil, Clooney’s film speaks clearly to our divisions today. Democracy and fascism are still at war, and the only way to win is to dip in our oars and pull together.