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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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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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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$25,359,200 (USA) (27 February 2015)
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Richard Linklater and his crew got together annually to film Linklater's script about a boy who will eventually grow up into a college freshman. Linklater's method behind production was essentially to make several 10- to 15-minute short films over the course of 12 years, each depicting a year in the life of the boy, and then edit them together as a feature film. See more »

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In an early scene in the movie, Mason goes to a man's house and asks if he could put an Obama campaign sign on his lawn. The man angrily refuses and tells Mason to leave. As Mason is leaving, the man shouts to him "You're on my property. I could shoot you!" in reference to The "Stand Your Ground" Law in the state of Texas. However the man is incorrect. Since Mason poses no threat to the man and left when the man told him to, the man has no right to shoot Mason and would be prosecuted for murder if he did. The "Stand Your Ground" law in Texas clearly states that a resident/tenant cannot use deadly force on a person because the person is simply trespassing. A clear and present threat must be posed to the resident/tenant for deadly force to be permitted. See more »

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Dad: [frustrated with the monosyllabic answers Mason Jr. and Samantha are giving him] No, no, no. I'm not gonna be *that* guy. You know, the "biological father, who I see on the weekends, and I make small talk with him while he drives me places and buys me shit." No.
Samantha: Dad, these questions are kind of hard to answer.
Dad: What's so hard to answer about "what sculpture are you making"?
Samantha: It's abstract!
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My Good Gal
Written by Ketch Secor
Performed by Old Crow Medicine Show
Published by Blood Donor Music
Administered by Spirit One Music
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions, Limited
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Absolute Rubbish!!!
3 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'm going to start off by saying that this is the first movie or show that I have ever reviewed, and I have watched a lot of them. "Boyhood" seemed like a great concept to me and the trailer looked interesting enough to give it a shot, but what really made me go to see it were all of these reviews calling it a "masterpiece".

This may have been one of the WORST movies I have ever seen.

If sitting in a chair and watching absolutely nothing happen for 2 hours and 45 minutes is something that sounds appealing to you then I highly recommend this film. I honestly have no idea how someone could even call this a good movie, let alone a "masterpiece" or a "once and a lifetime experience". I'm legitimately angry that I watched this movie.


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