The Boys Are Back is an English-language film directed by Scott Hicks, produced by Greg Brenman and starring Clive Owen. Based on the book The Boys Are Back In Town by Simon Carr, the film features a score composed by Hal Lindes and a soundtrack by Sigur Rós.
Joe Warr (Clive Owen) is a British sports writer who lives in Australia with his second wife, Katy (Laura Fraser) and his young, eccentric son Artie (Nicholas McAnulty). When Katy gets diagnosed with cancer and passes away, Joe copes with the responsibilities of being a single parent with the help of his beloved wife's spirit. He invites his teenaged son from his first marriage, Harry (George MacKay), to come and live with him in Australia for a while. Although Harry is at first unnerved by the lack of discipline in the house, he eventually warms up and forms a strong relationship with Artie. When Joe is forced by work to leave the two of them alone in the house for a night, local teenagers throw a house party at the house against both boys' will. With the house ransacked, Harry flies back to England. Joe and Artie come after him and after a while, Harry is convinced to move to Australia full time. Joe has been brought closer to both of his sons, but continues to raise them with the same lack of discipline as before.