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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.

Director:

Richard Linklater
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1,754 ( 17)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 173 wins & 217 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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

Genres:

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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Trivia

The baseball game that Dad brings Mason and Samantha to is a combination of two different Brewers / Astros contests filmed eight months apart. The footage of Roger Clemens is from a game held on August 18, 2005. The game that Dad, Mason and Samantha actually attended was filmed on April 17, 2006, when The Astros' Jason Lane actually did hit a home run precisely where the camera was pointing. See more »

Goofs

While Mason is driving to his high school graduation party the clock jumps backwards and forwards to times between 7:28 and 7:30. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: [after leaving Bill's family for good] Why couldn't we take Randy and Mindy with us?
Mom: Because sweetie, I'm not their legal guardian, that would be kidnapping; it's against the law.
Samantha: Couldn't you talk to their mom?
Mom: I tried their mom, but I can't reach her.
Samantha: Well, what's going to happen to them?
Mom: [starts crying] I don't know...
Samantha: Why are you crying?
Mom: Because I don't have all the answers.
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Connections

Referenced in This Is Us: The Fifth Wheel (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Não Acorde o Neném
Written by Moreno Veloso, Domenico Lancellotti
Performed by Moreno Veloso
Published by Esponja Edições
Courtesy of Luaka Bop
License arranged by Fine Gold Music
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A Once-in-a-lifetime experience
13 July 2014 | by tyse1See all my reviews

By some miracle, the run time of this movie has proved to be the exact same length as that of the forth installment of the Transformers franchise. Having slogged through nearly three hours of robots hitting robots shot from a camera permanently fixed between the thighs of our lead female protagonist a week earlier, Richard Linklater's latest contribution to modern cinema was a more than welcome reminder that visionary filmmakers still exist, and that the actual run time compared to how long the run time feels speaks much of film quality.

Boyhood documents the early life of a boy called Mason, beginning at six, then continuing all the way through middle-school, high school and eventually his move to college at eighteen years of age. Although the story line is fairly simplistic and one might argue, unadventurous, the sheer ambition of the director is reason enough to hand your money over; shot over twelve years with the same group of actors, audiences can experience the true evolution of a character like never before.

However as Linklater said himself, if the audience see this merely as an experiment, then he has failed at his task. The movie has its own story to tell. The aforementioned criticism of an overly simplistic plot is what makes the story so identifiable not just for young people, but for adults as well; the film could easily be called 'adulthood' or 'parenthood' or even take a more generalised title of 'Life' - Linklater understands people, and is therefore one of the few modern filmmakers who understands the importance of well-rounded, interesting and relatable characters to tell a story.

When watching Boyhood, you don't think of the ramifications, the possible pitfalls and how difficult it must have been to make. You instead choose to enjoy it at surface level, only truly appreciating the sheer brilliance of what has been achieved after the film. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime film and therefore a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone watching it. Soon to be a modern classic, this is a picture that will be looked back on as one of the greatest ever made.


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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

Gross USA:

$25,352,281

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,137,666
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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