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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Honey Boy'

Updated November 13, 2019 781 votes 112 voters 5.8k views20 items

After you've seen the acclaimed new film, we want you to vote for the best Honey Boy quotes. The movie was written by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own life experiences. His script is extremely dramatic, although there are a few funny lines to lighten things up occasionally. The result is a powerful story about trauma, father/son relationships, and the dangers of show business for children.

Lucas Hedges plays 22-year-old Otis Lort, an actor who stars in big Hollywood blockbusters. He's got a substance abuse problem and after an alcohol-related car crash, he's sentenced to rehab. A therapist, Dr. Moreno (Laura San Giacomo), encourages him to write about the things that have made him mad in life. Otis writes about his childhood, which we see in flashback sequences. Noah Jupe plays the 12-year old Otis, a child star whose emotionally abusive father James (portrayed by LaBeouf) pushes him to become the success he himself never was. Honey Boy cuts back and forth between 1995 and 2005, showing how Otis tries to come to terms with the way he was raised.

Alma Ha'rel directed the film, which co-stars Clifton Collins, Jr., Martin Starr, and FKA Twigs. 

Vote up the most memorable Honey Boy quotes from the list below, regardless of which character says them. 

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    James Lort (to Otis Lort): You're a f*cking star and I know it. That's why I'm here. I'm your cheerleader, Honey Boy.

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  • 2

    Better Dad

    Otis Lort (age 12): I want you to be a better dad to me.

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    If I Didn't Pay You

    James Lort: How do you think it feels to have my son paying me? How do you think that feels?

    Otis (age 12):  You wouldn't be here if I didn't pay you.

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    The Reason I Work

    Otis Lort (age 22): My dad's not the reason I drink. He's not the reason I drink, he's the reason I work.

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