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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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Richard Linklater
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 172 wins & 210 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellar Coltrane ... Mason
Patricia Arquette ... Mom
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
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Storyline

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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Drama

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled 12 Year Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$387,618, 13 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,379,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,692,666
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Blackwell played Liquor Store Clerk in director Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993) and again here in Boyhood. See more »

Goofs

When married to the professor, the span between marriage and separation is approximately 3 years (20 questions game 2004- date written on check to liquor store 2007) The house looks the same but the front door is different. When they come home from the honeymoon the door is a light oak. In the scene where Mason has to go to school with the new haircut it's a dark oak and the glass design in the door is an obvious Texas star. Pictures to the right are the same with both doors except in the last scene when she leaves Bill. The picture on the right side of the door is different. See more »

Quotes

Mason: So what's the point?
Dad: Of what?
Mason: I don't know, any of this. Everything.
Dad: Everything? What's the point? I mean, I sure as shit don't know. Neither does anybody else, okay? We're all just winging it, you know? The good news is you're feeling stuff. And you've got to hold on to that.
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Soundtracks

Rock and Roll (Part 2)
Written by Mike Leander, Gary Glitter
Performed by Gary Glitter
Published by Palan Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS) c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, Universal Music Corp. on behalf of Universal/MCA Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Snapper Music Plc.
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Wow, that was terrible
3 August 2014 | by pcleary99See all my reviews

I just got home from spending good money and time to watch this stinker. I truly don't understand any rating above a 6. I can handle no plot, but no character development or learning along the way or some revelation or commentary about life other than the moronic one at the end? Please don't waste my hopes for something good.

Also, as a man who works his tail off to support his family and allow his wife to stay home to raise kids that say "thank you" as opposed to the knuckleheads in the movie, I found it appalling that every significant man in the movie other than the photography teacher was an arrogant pontificating loser and half of them were abusive drinks. What was the point of this?

I wanted to throw up every moment Ethan Hawke was on screen. His meaning of life speech was pathetic and I can't understand the reason for putting it in the movie other than to re-enforce what self- aggrandizing asses men are. Why go through all the trouble to make this movie and sucker people in to watch a big "So What?" If you go to movies to be inspired, emotionally moved or presented with another viewpoint to ponder, you probably won't like this movie. Sorry, I just don't get this movie. I rated it a 6 because it is not terrible just really mediocre, including the acting. To bad the director was stuck with actors who got worse over years, not better.


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