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Boyhood (I) (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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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

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12 years in the making



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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)  »

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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)

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Also very disappointed - long, slow and boring
7 September 2014 | by (OC) – See all my reviews

I went to this movie expecting an incredible "masterpiece" as advertised. On a Saturday afternoon, there were about 25 people there. I was so very disappointed. This movie went on and on and on. So much so that I continued to look at my watch wondering when this movie would end. Would it ever end?? And then it kept going. While the idea of filming over a 12 year time frame is unique and very clever, the film just needs major editing. It's the story of a boy growing up. There was abuse which was painful to watch, but basically the film was just too slow paced and boring. It goes on for almost 3 hours so take a meal with you if you decide to go despite these alerts. It is just slow, long and boring. I seriously considered just getting up and leaving and asking for my money back. I wasn't sure if everyone was in the same pain I was, but I also considered standing up and yelling "when will this film ever end?".

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