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Boyhood (I) (2014)

 -  Drama  -  18 July 2014 (USA)
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The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.

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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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18 July 2014 (USA)  »

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$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$16,315,715 (USA) (22 August 2014)
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In the campfire scene, the movie showed Dad and Mason talk about the possibility of another Star Wars movie. The campfire scene and the previously shown Obama/Biden campaign scene showed Mason at the same age. While most of this movie is shot during live events, it is safe to assume that the campfire scene is also shot on the same time frame as the real Obama/Biden campaign in 2008. On the other hand, the real plans for Star Wars Episode VII (2015) was first conceived after the acquisition of Lucasfilms by Disney in 2012. Thus it may be viewed that this movie's script in 2008 has predicted the 2012 initial plans. Also this movie was released in the same year Star Wars Episode VII starts filming. See more »

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Although Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke both have blue eyes, it is genetically possible for the brown eyed Lorelei Linklater to be their biological daughter. In extremely rare cases, two blue-eyed parents could carry a gene for brown eyes that simply skipped their generation, but happened to appear in one of their offspring. See more »

Quotes

Dad: [Mason Jr. bowls a gutterball] Alright, don't worry about it.
Mason: I wish I could use the bumpers...
Dad: You don't want the bumpers, life doesn't give you bumpers.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Future classics
6 February 2014 | by (Hamburg) – See all my reviews

BOYHOOD...What a great movie! I simply believe in America again! They are also humans, guys, trust me:) Its obviously doesn't matter if you are an American, German or Russian. There are the same problems, the same ways, the same love inside us. As a Russian I must say I understand American people and also myself much much better with this movie. It was like... about me... I just COULD NOT imagine how much we are all the same.. Just love it! If I look at my childhood in the former USSR I see not much difference, the cars and houses are different, we spoke Russian, but that feeling, that pulse of life, that sometimes "lost" fathers and mothers to solve every day problems, fighting for the existence and good life for the children are so familiar to me.. That long hair and piercing.. Oh boy, its all so much alike. And those "Paul was greater than the others...". The movie is just breathing, its a three hours of fresh air!

I do not want to say much about the qualities of the movie.. It is overall brilliant. I do believe, this will be a classical film, and students all over thew world will study it in future at their film schools. P.S. Sorry for my poor English.


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I've noticed people age 30 to 40 are most likely to not get it kingj2038
Should they have lived with the dad instead of the mom? Makarov-324
An 8.9 rating is laughable... bluemoe
i thought mason jr was going to come out as gay armedlove14
As a concept the film was interesting, but certainly not as a story. Niklas_M
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