IMDb > Boyhood (2014/I)
Boyhood
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Boyhood (2014/I) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 35 | slideshow) Videos (see all 6)
Boyhood -- Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a ground-breaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the centre is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.
Boyhood -- Clip: Talk To Me
Boyhood -- Featurette: Behind the Scenes
Boyhood -- Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a ground-breaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the centre is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.
Boyhood -- Clip: Packing the Car

Overview

User Rating:
8.3/10   127,407 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 55% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Richard Linklater (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Boyhood on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
15 August 2014 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
12 years in the making
Plot:
The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 125 wins & 104 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Feels like the movie I was born to watch See more (561 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ellar Coltrane ... Mason

Patricia Arquette ... Mom

Elijah Smith ... Tommy

Lorelei Linklater ... Samantha

Steven Chester Prince ... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross ... Teacher
Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)

Libby Villari ... Grandma

Ethan Hawke ... Dad

Marco Perella ... Professor Bill Welbrock

Jamie Howard ... Mindy
Andrew Villarreal ... Randy

Shane Graham ... Neighborhood Friend #1

Tess Allen ... Neighborhood Friend #2
Ryan Power ... Paul
Sharee Fowler ... Book Trivia Judge
Mark Finn ... Book Release Emcee
Charlie Sexton ... Jimmy
Byron Jenkins ... Barber
Holly Moore ... Mason's 4th Grade Teacher

David Blackwell ... Liquor Store Clerk
Barbara Chisholm ... Carol
Matthew Martinez-Arndt ... Lee

Cassidy Johnson ... Abby
Cambell Westmoreland ... Kenny

Jennifer Griffin ... Mrs. Darby
Garry Peters ... No Obama Man
Merrilee McCommas ... Obama Mama

Tamara Jolaine ... Tammy

Jordan Howard ... Tony

Andrew Bunten ... Bully 1

Tyler Strother ... Bully 2

Evie Thompson ... Jill

Brad Hawkins ... Jim

Savannah Welch ... College Girl Singer
Mika Odom ... Gabi
Sinjin Venegas ... Chase

Nick Krause ... Charlie

Derek Chase Hickey ... Charlie's Friend (as Derek Chase)

Angela Rawna ... Professor Douglas

Megan Devine ... Make Out Girl

Jenni Tooley ... Annie
Landon Collier ... Cooper

Roland Ruiz ... Enrique

Richard Andrew Jones ... Grandpa Cliff (as Richard Jones)
Karen Jones ... Nana
Gordon Friday ... Pastor

Tom McTigue ... Mr. Turlington

Sam Dillon ... Nick
Martel Summers ... Beer Pong Guy
David Clark ... High School Band Singer

Zoe Graham ... Sheena
Jessie Tilton ... April (as Jesse Tilton)

Richard Robichaux ... Mason's Boss
Will Harris ... Sam's College Boyfriend
Indica Shaw ... Hooper
Bruce Salmon ... Guitar Player
Wayne Sutton ... Beat Box
Joe Sundell ... Band Member 1
Sean Tracey ... Band Member 2
Ben Hodges ... Band Member 3
Daniel Zeh ... Band Member 4

Chris Doubek ... Guy in Diner
Andrea Chen ... Sam's Roommate

Mona Lee Fultz ... High School Teacher (as Mona Lee)
Bill Wise ... Uncle Steve
Alina Linklater ... Twin Cousin 1
Charlotte Linklater ... Twin Cousin 2
Genevieve Kinney ... Woman at Party
Elijah Ford ... Jimmy's Bandmate 1
Kyle Crusham ... Jimmy's Bandmate 2
Conrad Choucroun ... Jimmy's Bandmate 3
Maximillian McNamara ... Dalton

Taylor Weaver ... Barb

Jessi Mechler ... Nicole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Allee ... Patron in Restaurant (uncredited)
Marina Arellano ... Student (uncredited)
Greg Baglia ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Jonathan Bell ... Kitchen Worker (uncredited)

Deanna Brochin ... College Student (uncredited)
Jayson Champion ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Lise' Creed ... Queso Waitress (uncredited)
Maria Engler ... Waiter (uncredited)
Amber Jaycox ... High School Student (uncredited)

Kaitlyn King ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)

Stephen Latham ... Late Night Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Heather Materne ... Parent (uncredited)
Garin Sparks ... Friendly Bouncer (uncredited)
Corey Terrell ... Student (uncredited)

Johnny Walter ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Natalie Wilemon ... College Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Linklater 
 
Writing credits
Richard Linklater (written by)

Produced by
Sandra Adair .... co-producer
Caroline Kaplan .... associate producer
Richard Linklater .... producer
Kirsten McMurray .... co-producer
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... co-producer (as Vince Palmo Jr.)
Jonathan Sehring .... producer
John Sloss .... producer
Cathleen Sutherland .... producer
Anne Walker-McBay .... associate producer (as Anne Walker)
 
Cinematography by
Lee Daniel (director of photography)
Shane F. Kelly (director of photography) (as Shane Kelly)
 
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
 
Casting by
Beth Sepko 
 
Production Design by
Rodney Becker 
Gay Studebaker 
 
Set Decoration by
Melanie Ferguson 
 
Costume Design by
Kari Perkins 
 
Makeup Department
Darylin Nagy .... hair stylist
Darylin Nagy .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cathleen Sutherland .... unit production manager
Laura Yates .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Beth Chambers .... second second assistant director
Brian Franklin .... second second assistant director
Kayse Goodell .... second assistant director
Susan Jasso .... second assistant director (as Susana Jasso)
Lauren Lindley .... second second assistant director
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... first assistant director (as Vince Palmo Jr.)
Katie Tull .... second assistant director (as Kathleen Tull)
Derek Franzese .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Jeff Guerrero .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jeff Guerrero .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Chia Berry .... art assistant
Stanford Gilbert .... property master (Years 1 & 2)
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Matt Miller .... set dresser
Andrew Schwartz .... set dresser
Stephanie Seeley .... art assistant
Aaron Statler .... leadman
Wayne Sutton .... set dresser
Sef Tsauousis .... set dresser (as Sef Tsaousis)
Ryan Ross .... art department intern (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ethan Andrus .... sound recordist
Wayne Bell .... dialogue editor
Wayne Bell .... sound effects editor
Misty Conn .... boom operator
Thadd Day .... boom operator
Thadd Day .... boom operator: Year 9
Phil DeTolve .... adr recordist
Evan Dunivan .... dialogue editor
Evan Dunivan .... foley editor
Glenn Eanes .... dialogue editor
Chris Erlon .... adr recordist
Jay Fisher .... adr recordist
Susan Fitz-Simon .... dialogue editor
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley artist
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley editor
Miles Foster-Greenwood .... foley editor
Miles Foster-Greenwood .... sound effects editor
Tom Hammond .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond .... supervising sound editor
Justin Hennard .... dialogue editor
Justin Hennard .... sound effects editor
Audra Hughes .... cable utility sound
Ben Lazard .... sound recordist
Benjamin Lowry .... sound recordist (as Ben Lowry)
Mack Melson .... sound mixer
Philip Menchaca .... adr recordist
Korey Pereira .... dialogue editor
Korey Pereira .... foley editor
Colin Rogers .... foley mixer
Tom Sturgis .... boom operator
Michael Swanner .... utility
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor (uncredited)
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Parke Gregg .... digital compositor
Jake Mendez .... main and end credits
Jake Mendez .... title animator
Nick Smith .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Don Breneman .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts (as Richard Hancock)
Dylan Hart .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunts (as Jeffrey Schwan)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Allen .... grip
Rich Bond .... best boy grip
Nathan Brown .... electrician (segments)
Amanda Bruce Parker .... loader (as Amanda Bruce)
Tod Campbell .... second camera operator
Chase Chesnutt .... second assistant camera
Chris Cogswell .... grip driver
Scott Conn .... electrician
Brown Cooper .... second camera operator
Ted Davis .... grip
Wes Dixon .... additional electrician
John Eschberger .... electrician
Chris Hamala .... grip
Kristopher Hardy .... assistant camera
Matt Harshbarger .... steadicam operator
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... first assistant camera
Chip Huntington .... grip
Janet Jensen .... best boy electric (as Janet Jenson)
Brad Keffer .... best boy electric
Matthew King .... first assistant camera (as Matt King)
Matt Lankes .... still photographer
Robert Lewallen .... grip (as BJ Lewallen)
Jon H. Lewis .... gaffer (as Jon Lewis)
Mark Manthey .... gaffer
David McGill .... steadicam operator
Matthew McGinn .... loader (as Matt McGinn)
Rob McGrath .... first assistant camera
Rob McGreevy .... grip driver
Chris Milani .... best boy electric: year 12
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera (as PK Munson)
Edward A. Navarro .... electrician
George R. Niedson .... steadicam operator (as George Niedson)
Kyle Osburn .... loader
Michael Palmer .... grip
Sam Pearcy .... second assistant camera
Spencer Pharr .... electrician
Balint Pinczehelyi .... grip
Ian Quigley .... grip
Phillip Renke .... best boy grip
Brandon Roberts .... electrician
Adam Drew Schwartz .... first assistant camera (as Adam Schwartz)
John Sheeren .... additional first assistant camera
Tom Shinn .... best boy electric
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Tristan Shinnick .... grip
Todd Smiley .... gaffer
John Spath .... best boy electric
Zachary W. Sprague .... second assistant camera (as Zach Sprague)
Tim Travis .... grip
Wes Turner .... second assistant camera
Leif E. Ulvog .... grip (as Leif Ulvog)
Joseph Vasquez .... key grip (as Joe Vasquez)
Ralph Watson .... steadicam operator
Britt West .... first assistant camera
Dan Jackson .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Rick Malahy .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Rendon .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Angela Burns .... extras casting coordinator (uncredited)
Lacey Gordon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Lacey Gordon .... extras casting (uncredited)
Chris Telles .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephany Baskin .... set costumer (as Stephanie Baskin)
Karen Holley .... set costumer
Lee Hunsaker .... set costumer
John H. Smith .... set costumer (as John Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Reggie Diaz .... digital intermediate film scanning producer
Chelsea Dinsdale .... editorial intern (as Chelsea Dinsdale Murphy)
Tyler Fagerstrom .... digital intermediate film scanning and editorial
Daniel Fort .... editorial intern
Parke Gregg .... colorist
Parke Gregg .... digital intermediate editor
Paul Korver .... digital intermediate film scanning supervisor
Justin Rhodes .... editorial intern
Craig Edward Rogers Jr. .... digital intermediate restoration (as Craig Rogers)
Christopher Roldan .... assistant editor
David Rosenblatt .... assistant editor
Mike Saenz .... assistant editor
Yusef Svacina .... assistant editor
Allison Turrell .... digital intermediate producer
David Alonzo .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
James Cadenas .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Laura G. Chirinos .... digital intermediate assistant producer: video deliverables/archiving (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Timothy Borgas .... composer: soundtrack
Sam Butler .... music consultant
Rodrigo Campos .... composer: soundtrack
Seaton Collard .... music consultant
Meghan Currier .... music supervisor
Randy Fitzsimmons .... composer: soundtrack
Luis Felipe Gama .... composer: soundtrack
Paul Hosmer .... music consultant
Jacob Kasher .... composer: soundtrack
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Pat Sansone .... composer: soundtrack
Jaba Gawan Seiler .... composer: soundtrack
Marlon Sexton .... composer: soundtrack
Sick .... composer: soundtrack
Austin Steamers .... performer: soundtrack
Ben Weaver .... music consultant
 
Transportation Department
Chris Cogswell .... grip driver
Rob McGreevy .... grip driver
Ian Quigley .... grip driver
 
Other crew
Holly Adair .... additional crew
Julia Alexander .... additional crew
Angie Alvarez .... additional crew (as Angela Alvarez)
Troy Anderson .... additional crew
Ashlyn Angel .... additional crew
Melizah Anguiano .... additional crew (as Melizah Schmidt)
Peter Atherton .... location manager
Beatrice Bellino .... additional crew
Jennifer Bishop .... additional crew
Patrick Blackard .... additional crew
Mike Brennan .... additional crew
David Brink .... additional crew
Nathan Brown .... additional crew (as Nate Brown)
Amanda Bruce Parker .... additional crew (as Amanda Bruce)
Lauren Burckhard .... production assistant
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel: Donaldson + Callif
Travis Carr .... additional crew
Aaron Castillo .... additional crew
Corbin Clem .... additional crew
Patrick B. Coate .... additional crew (as Patrick Coate)
Matt Cowan .... additional crew
Carla Curry .... additional crew
Tim Dallesandro .... additional crew
Garret Danks .... additional crew (as Garrett Danks)
George Dishner .... additional crew
George Dishner .... production assistant
Wes Dixon .... additional crew
Andrew Draper .... additional crew
Mike Eaton .... location assistant
Michaela Farrell .... additional crew
Erin Ferguson .... additional crew
Toni Fletcher .... additional crew
Matt Fliehler .... additional crew
Leslie Frid .... additional crew
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager
Pam Fuller .... additional crew
Chad Furrow .... additional crew
Eric Gerzymisch .... additional crew
Kat Gibson .... additional crew
Stanford Gilbert .... additional crew (as Stan Gilbert)
Mike Gillespie .... additional crew
Victoria Gonzales .... additional crew
Kayse Goodell .... additional crew
Kristopher Hardy .... additional crew
Shawn Harper .... additional crew
Courtney Harrell .... additional crew
Jeannette Heindel .... additional crew (as Jeannette Chalker)
Zachary Heine .... additional crew (as Zach Heine)
Erika Henderson .... additional crew
Dawn Hennessey .... additional crew
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location manager (as Jose Hernandez)
Tim Holt .... additional crew
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... additional crew (as Don Howe)
Audra Hughes .... production assistant
Chip Huntington .... additional crew
Robert Janecka .... additional crew (as Rob Janecka)
Liv Kaplan .... additional crew
Jason Keene .... additional crew
Adam Kenitzer .... additional crew
Joseph Kentspeth .... additional crew (as Joe Kentspeth)
Tamara Klindt .... additional crew
Max Kruemcke .... production assistant
Andrew Lankes .... additional crew
Andrea Lazard .... production coordinator
Paul T. LeBlanc .... additional crew (as Paul LeBlanc)
Ken Lewin .... additional crew
Stephen Light .... production coordinator
Lauren Lindley .... additional crew
James Longmire .... additional crew
Riley Malone .... location assistant
Jason Manzano .... additional crew
Ismael Martinez .... additional crew
Billy McCartney .... additional crew
Mack Melson .... additional crew
Jake Mendez .... title graphics
Scott R. Meyers .... additional crew (as Scott Meyers)
Chris Milani .... additional crew
Morgan Miles .... production accountant
Kathy Miller .... additional crew
Matt Miller .... additional crew (as Matt Sean Miller)
Jarrette Moats .... additional crew
Jeremy Mohler .... additional crew
Jennifer Ellen Mohr .... production assistant (as Jenny Mohr)
Glen Moorman .... additional crew
Alina Morse .... additional crew
Chuck Murphy .... additional crew
Kimberly Murphy .... additional crew
Molly Murray .... production accountant (as Molly Murray Bunner)
Edward A. Navarro .... additional crew (as Ed Navarro)
C.J. Neels .... additional crew (as CJ Neels)
Trevor Doyle Nelson .... additional crew (as Trevor Nelson)
Deana Newcomb .... additional crew
Van B. Nguyen .... production assistant (as Van Nguyen)
Robert Nichols .... additional crew (as Bob Nichols)
Ava Palmo .... additional crew
Ava Palmo .... production assistant
Shobie Partos .... additional crew
Lauren Pasternack .... additional crew
Martin Pederson .... additional crew
Jason Perrine .... additional crew
Monika Petrillo .... additional crew
Eric Pickett .... additional crew
Beth Puorro .... additional crew
John Reeder .... production assistant
Ronnie Reeves .... additional crew
Brice Reid .... additional crew
Robert B. Reynolds .... additional crew (as Robert Reynolds)
Ryan Ross .... art department intern
Wally Rowell .... additional crew
Ethan Lee Sadler .... additional crew
Lucy Santamassino .... additional crew
Brooke Satrazemis .... script supervisor
Steve Sawhill .... additional crew
Pete Sharp .... additional crew
Daniel J. Shaw .... additional crew (as Dan Shaw)
M.K. Shaw .... production accountant (as Kathleen Shaw)
John Sheeren .... additional crew
Owen Shiflett .... additional crew
Farhaneh Shirazee .... production assistant
Eddie Shore .... additional crew
Dustin Siller .... additional crew
Scott Snyder .... additional crew
Graham Sonnenberg .... additional crew
Garin Sparks .... production assistant
Scott Streetman .... additional crew
Gay Studebaker .... additional crew
Nicole Turegano .... additional crew (as Nicole Tuegano)
Steve Urban .... additional crew
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... additional crew (as Aaron Vyvial)
Laura Walker .... additional crew
Desirae Wallace .... additional crew
Dustin Weaver .... additional crew
Britt West .... additional crew
Steve White .... location manager (Years 10 and 12)
Jenni Wieland .... production accountant
Harrison Witt .... additional crew
Sara Aronson .... production assistant: year 3 (uncredited)
Ryan Gronquist .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Guerrero .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Guerrero .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Bethany Haynes .... production counsel (uncredited)
Bethany Haynes .... production legal (uncredited)
Alexander Hiers .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dane Jensen .... production assistant (uncredited)
T.J. Larson .... clearance consultant (uncredited)
Andrew Poppoon .... location assistant (uncredited)
Reneau Skinner .... production accountant (uncredited)
Vernon Smith .... craft service (uncredited)
Edoardo Vojvoda .... intern (uncredited)
Rio Zumwalt .... location intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joey Hudgins .... thanks (as Joey Hudgins and Family)
Jeannie Irwin .... thanks (as Jeannie and Sam Irwin)
Sam Irwin .... thanks (as Jeannie and Sam Irwin)
John Marler .... special thanks (as Sara and John Marler)
Sara Marler .... special thanks (as Sara and John Marler)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use
Runtime:
165 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mason is calling his dad using the iPhone, the image of him in the corner of the phone screen is not the same as how he looks while having the call. Notice his hair is very different.See more »
Quotes:
Mom:[Driving Mason Jr. home from school] Your teacher said you're behind on your homework assignments.
Mason:No, I did them, they were just sitting in my backpack.
Mom:So, why didn't you turn them in?
Mason:She never asked for them.
Mom:Well, honey, she's not supposed to ask for them. It's your job to give them to her once you've finished.
Mason:Oh.
Mom:She also said you destroyed her pencil sharpener.
Mason:No I didn't.
Mom:Then what did you put in it instead of pencils?
Mason:Rocks.
[...]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
1901See more »

FAQ

What year is it in each scene?
See more »
186 out of 310 people found the following review useful.
Feels like the movie I was born to watch, 9 July 2014

Every once in a while, you can witness something that hits you at your very core. I've felt this very few times in my film loving career. I gazed in awe at the sight of dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, marveled witnessing the birth of the universe in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, and now, I sit in sheer admiration and respect at the magic that is Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Nothing you have read, heard, or seen about the film will prepare you for the experience that is this cinematic rarity. Filmed over twelve years, Boyhood tells the story of Mason, who we follow from ages 5 to 18.

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood assembles the finest cast of 2014 so far. Each player, dedicating themselves to the greater cause, allows themselves to evolve. Fully realized, and oozed with every rich element of movie making, Linklater writes the most authentic characters to grace the screens in years. Ready for more hyperbolic thoughts? Doesn't make it less true but get ready. Boyhood, potentially, could be one of the best films ever made. Last year, I referred to his third installment of the Before series, "a masterpiece." I stand by that even today. Boyhood however, is something that is a once in a lifetime endeavor that will be studied, criticized, admired, and bring all the discussions about film to the forefront. I feel blessed just to have watched it.

Ellar Coltrane is simply stupendous. As you watch his transformation before your eyes, his subtle and restrained performance will floor you, scene after scene, year after year. It's astounding how Coltrane interprets young Mason as a boy, bringing him through adolescence with grace, and then fully realizes what kind of man he has become. There's an intimacy in which Coltrane decides to finesse Mason upon the audience. He thoroughly cares about him, understanding his confusions, and even more, realizing his flaws. It's one of the year's most outstanding performances and one of the best delivered by any child actor.

Ethan Hawke continues to be one of the more undervalued and underutilized actors working today. Though he has three Oscar nominations to his name, two for co-writing Before Sunset and Before Midnight, and one for Best Supporting Actor in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day, I'm still unsure about how Hollywood and the world perceives his abilities. As Mason's Dad, Hawke takes his character to the brink of sheer brilliance. Showcasing an unrestrained and eager willingness to connect with his children, Dad, as he's only called in the film, is a sensational and intriguing look into fatherhood and being human. Chasing the dreams, and believing you are destined for something greater, Dad allows the audience to relish in his quest to be connected and complacent. Hawke shines once again, involving both mind and spirit, into a man we may know all too well.

As Mom, Patricia Arquette ignites the spirit in a performance that should land her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Headlining a career that has produced impressive work on TV's "Medium," as well as in films like True Romance, Arquette's prowess is her ability to be a fallen character without requiring pity or persuasion from the viewer. She interprets a woman, desperate for a connection to other aspects of her life, and reinvents the foundation of the broken mother. Arquette's beautiful yet exhilarating turn often feels like riding on the edge of a cliff, unsure if we're going in, but even more excited just to be on the ride with her. Pure and raw talent exists in her, and it's been worth the wait to finally witness it all unravel.

Richard Linklater casts his daughter Lorelei Linklater to play Samantha, Mason's older sister. Without even realizing or thinking about it, you secretly and solemnly fall in love with her transformation from girl to woman. She is every bit as brilliant as any person in the cast, delivering on all beats, allowing her awkward yet sweet demeanor to pierce through yet not forgetting her annoyance and overbearing nature in which she came. Honestly, it's a performance destined to be forgotten during the awards year but it's something I will recall for years to come.

There are other supporting players that we meet throughout the journey particularly Marco Perella and Zoe Graham, who completely make their mark during the picture.

Running at 165 minutes, this dramatic, coming-of-age epic had me just yearning for more. I wanted to stay with them, see their journeys continue, and just relish in this dream a bit longer. I walked out secretly (or not so secretly) wishing that Linklater is quietly filming these same characters for the next twelve years, and will not reveal the plans until it's all finished. Talk about the surprise of my life. At 42 years old when and if that happens, I will be excited for the ride.

Shot gorgeously by Lee Daniel and Shane F. Kelly, and edited with clarity and love by Sandra Adair, Boyhood succeeds as a technical marvel just as much as a narrative and performance piece. Linklater's writing, on virtually every level, is the best thing since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Originality, and taking a fresh perspective on a genre that could feel stale for some, Linklater will make you a believer again. His direction is even more impressive. It's the single best thing that he's ever done and probably ever will do. It's the pinnacle of his career, and is his offering to cinema for all-time.

In essence, Linklater's Boyhood is a must-see film for any lover of the movies. It's the type of film that was imagined when they invented film. With tears in my eyes, I marveled and wept for a creation I still may not fully understand but am anxiously waiting to revisit very soon.

Read more @ The Awards Circuit (http://www.awardscircuit.com)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (561 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Boyhood (2014)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
No blacks achun
Can it *not* win? achun
One of the best films of 2014 andrew_carruthers
I can understand the anti-Boyhood critics... I just don't agree baomann
The great message behind "Boyhood" iagovideira11-178-242990
What happened to the two kids of the first husband? Cherry23
See more »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Drama section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.