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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mason
... Mom
... Tommy
... Samantha
... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross ... Teacher
Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
... Grandma
... Dad
... Professor Bill Welbrock
Jamie Howard ... Mindy
Andrew Villarreal ... Randy
... Neighborhood Friend #1
... Neighborhood Friend #2
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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Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Mason is asked if he had ever been to Austin, TX, he says that he hasn't while the actor playing Mason was actually born there. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes of the movie when the Mom is driving Mason and Samantha in her car, they drive by a street with an old car and a boat in the driveway. A few seconds later, they drive by the same street with the same car and boat. See more »

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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.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Inherent Vice and Oscar Buzz (2015) See more »

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1901
Written by Deck D'Arcy (as Frederic Moulin), Thomas Mars (as Thomas Croquet), Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz (as Laurent Mazzalai)
Performed by Phoenix
Published by Ghettoblaster S.A.R.L.
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Courtesy of Glassnote Records
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This is life!
15 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film blew me away and it is hard to describe why. Seeing it together with 1,500+ captivated and enthusiastic people at one of the Berlinale Friedrichstadt-Palast screenings surly helped. Yet, what makes this film so unique and touching is its deep humanity. Although it is a fictional piece, you can't help not to relate to the actors as if it would be a documentary. Every scene feels like real life. I know that this is not necessarily a good thing to say about a movie but it is meant as a compliment.

The actors deliver an outstanding performance. While much has already been said about the main characters, I was also deeply impressed by the performance of the side characters as well. As an example, the actor of the second husband of Olivia excels in one of the most emotionally straining scenes of the movie. The dialogs are touching and feel just natural. There are so many scenes and details in the movie where you feel unbelievable close to the actors. When Patricia Arquette says as mother Olivia "I thought there would be more" you instantly think about your own (family) life and its constant flux.

I surely hope that this movie will make it to as many screens as possible. Also, I hope that no distributor will force additional editing on it. It is perfect as it is and worth any minute. If you like people in general and families in particular, you will love this movie.


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