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Boyhood (2014)

R | | Drama | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


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Won 1 Oscar. Another 169 wins & 202 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross ...
Sydney Orta ...
Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
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Ryan Power ...


Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Written by IFC Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


12 years in the making



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Growing Up  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$387,618 (USA) (11 July 2014)


$25,359,200 (USA) (27 February 2015)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Mason goes off to college and moves into his dorm room was filmed in Fletcher Hall on the campus of Sul Ross State University. Fletcher Hall has long thought to have paranormal activity. See more »


When Mason Jr. and his stepbrother are playing Halo 2, although the scene is shot as a single uninterrupted game, the map changes every time the TV screen is shown. See more »


Mason: I just feel like there are so many things that I could be doing and probably want to be doing that I'm just not.
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References Dragon Ball Z (1989) See more »


The Dog Song
Written by Marlon Sexton
Performed by Charlie Sexton
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User Reviews

2hrs 45 minutes too long.
14 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Because of all the positive hype, I hoped for at least a good film. I'm left wondering what it is I just don't get. So many good reviews? Even Mark Kermode says the young actor in the film has 'screen presence' and I think WTF! He's playing a boring so and so - he's not supposed to have presence.

I'm not sure if there's enough good stuff here even for 10 minutes - seriously. Certain things like Ethan Hawk showing an empty wallet caught my empathy for a moment but not enough to merit sitting through nearly 3 hours of this. I just don't understand how it won the golden globe for best film. Thankfully, there's a few negative reviews from like-minded people for me to know I've not gone completely mad!

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