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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.


Richard Linklater
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 174 wins & 215 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellar Coltrane ... Mason
Patricia Arquette ... Olivia
Elijah Smith ... Tommy
Lorelei Linklater ... Samantha
Steven Chester Prince ... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross Bonnie Cross ... Teacher
Sydney Orta Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
Libby Villari ... Grandma
Ethan Hawke ... Dad
Marco Perella ... Professor Bill Welbrock
Jamie Howard Jamie Howard ... Mindy
Andrew Villarreal Andrew Villarreal ... Randy
Shane Graham ... Neighborhood Friend #1
Tess Allen ... Neighborhood Friend #2
Ryan Power Ryan Power ... Paul


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


12 years in the making



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The horror film that Mason Sr's roommate Jimmy is watching when he returns home with his kids is Hostel. This is a good clue to what year it is, considering Hostel released to theaters in Jan of 2006. See more »


While Mason Sr. is talking to Samantha and Mason Jr. about the Iraq War, around the time Mason Sr. says, "Listen to me, listen to your father", he raises his right hand with his finger pointing up. When the camera angle changes, he now has his left hand raised with his finger pointing up. See more »


Mason: You know, Jim, you're not my dad.
Jim: No, I'm not your dad. You know how I know that? 'Cause I'm actually here. I'm the guy with the job, payin' the bills, takin' care of you, your mom, your sister.
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Good movie, but not as good as the hype and some of these reviews say.
3 September 2014 | by koen_smitSee all my reviews

Boyhood is shot in 12 years, every year two weeks, with the same cast. That is the first time anyone did something like this and therefor this movie got a lot of attention. People say it's an instant classic.

The acting is good, especially Patricia Arquette will be remembered for her part of Mom. The way she struggles as a young mom ('I was somebody's daughter, then I was somebody's mother!') and matures throughout the movie is memorable to say the least. Although the main character of the movie is her son Mason (Ellar Coltrane, who was 6 when the first scene was shot and 18 when the last scene was shot) the story of the mother is as interesting as his, if not even more. With so many years of filming, the way the scenes flow into each other without noticing a year has passed is also wonderfully done. It was a joy to watch this movie, the dialogues are strong, the acting good and the montage was sublime.

But everything that was remotely starting to add some drama to the easily flowing story, was immediately solved when the next scene took place a year later. I tried to wrap my head around what was wrong with this movie, why I didn't have the orgasmic enthusiasm I read on the internet reviews and that is the thing: it is almost boring. Almost, because the story that is being told is still interesting although not much happens. You walk along with this boy from 6 to 18 when the movie ends. What happens next? I don't really care. It's a nice experience but will I remember the story next year? I doubt that. But once again, I think Patricia Arquette is the star here. If not for her, my rating would be lower.

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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled 12 Year Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$387,618, 13 July 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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