The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


Richard Linklater
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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

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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?


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 »


In an early scene in the movie, Mason goes to a man's house and asks if he could put an Obama campaign sign on his lawn. The man angrily refuses and tells Mason to leave. As Mason is leaving, the man shouts to him "You're on my property. I could shoot you!" in reference to The "Stand Your Ground" Law in the state of Texas. However the man is incorrect. Since Mason poses no threat to the man and left when the man told him to, the man has no right to shoot Mason and would be prosecuted for murder if he did. The "Stand Your Ground" law in Texas clearly states that a resident/tenant cannot use deadly force on a person because the person is simply trespassing. A clear and present threat must be posed to the resident/tenant for deadly force to be permitted. See more »


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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Let It Die
Written by Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett
Performed by Foo Fighters
Published by Flying Earform Music on behalf of BMG Bumblebee c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, Songs of Universal, Inc. on behalf of Itself, MJ Twelve Music and I Love the Punk Rock Music/Universal Music Corp. on behalf of Living Under a Rock Music
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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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 »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$387,618, 13 July 2014

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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