Elliot is a very hard working student who is already on a bursary at a public school, who is trying his best to get into Oxford. His mother, a night shift nurse, strangles Elliot with the pressures of not succeeding in life and urges him on to achieve the family's financial safety. Elliot is all too aware that a place at the most prestigious university comes with its pressures, both social and financial. One night, Elliot's mother goes off to work and leaves Elliot in charge of his sick little sister. However an invite from one of his school's richest, most popular girls proves too much to turn down. Elliot's choice sets him on a dark road in his quest for acceptance. 


Why Is This Story Important? 

'The Good Boy' deals with a variety of issues that are present in today's generation of young people. Elliot goes through what most teenagers go through at some point in their young lives... But the pressure from his single mother is sometimes too much to bear. He wants nothing more than to go to art school, but his mother wants him to use his talent to provide for the family. All this pressure heaped on Elliot causes him to self harm- to gain some form of release. After being invited to a party, Elliot becomes a victim of bullying; which is unfortunately another prominent aspect of growing up today. All these elements have a severe effect on Elliot. Emotionally vulnerable, he takes matters into his own hands... Leading him to make decisions he wouldn't usually make. Situations like the one portrayed in this film affect children all over the world. Without anyone to talk to, or any other options, people often make the wrong choices and sometimes those choices have irreparable consequences.