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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)

Gross:

$25,359,200 (USA) (27 February 2015)
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In the film's first line of dialogue, Mason talks to his mother about wasps. Later his digital photography project in high school contains a series of images of wasps. See more »

Goofs

When the family moves to San Marcos, Mason is forced to change schools. The first time his middle school is shown on screen, one can see the name "Bedichek Middle School" on the side of the building. Bedichek Middle School is located not in San Marcos but in Austin. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Sunshine Day
Written by Sol Amarfio (as Solomon Amarfio), Teddy Osei (as Francis Teddy Osei) and Mac Tontoh (as Michael Tontoh)
Performed by Osibisa
Published by Music Publishing International, USA Ltd., Osibisounds Ltd.
An original Flying Elephant/Red Steel Production (1996)
Courtesy of Red Steel Music/Flying Elephant
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Not bad, but disappointing
30 August 2014 | by (Montgomery County, PA) – See all my reviews

One of the more overrated films lately.

The good: production, shooting, editing, sound -- were all good.

The great: the idea of following the same boy and others for 11 years. Transitions from age to age were beautiful.

The tiresome: the acting. It was OK, but nothing that grabs you. Ellar Coltrane was at his acting best when he was young, but gradually got more stilted. This could have been due to the director more than to him.

The ugly: The script. Existential drivel, over and over. Every character was written in a way that remained two-dimensional, especially his sister and mother. Ethan Hawke as his father did the best job of any of them in bringing some depth of life to his role.


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