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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the 12 year filming period actor Ellar Coltrane was also involved in the filming of 'Fast Food Nation' which was released in 2006 See more »

Goofs

When boys are drinking at the renovated house, the blade is some scenes all the way penetrating the wall and some scenes only slightly. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Hate It Here
Written by Nels Cline, John Stirratt (as John Chadwick Stirratt), Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Pat Sansone and Jeff Tweedy (as Jeffrey Scot Tweedy)
Performed by Wilco
Published by Nebsonic Music, Poeyfarre Music, Pear Blossom Music, Jorgenstormusic, These Four Songs, Words Ampersand Music c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A nostalgic masterpiece for others a waste of time
24 December 2014 | by WalterSopranoSee all my reviews

For some people including myself you tend to be able to relate to a lot of the events in Masons life as he continues to age. The nostalgia that these relations create can bring both good and bad memories up and impacts like no other film can. I have to say a lot of the tough situations mason had to endure (drunk stepfathers) I can really relate to and I could feel the strong intensity in some of those moments. However not everyone has these same experiences and thus not having that nostalgic effect.

So basically your enjoyment of the film is really all a matter of how much you can relate to it. Heck at one point in the film Masons journey took a different turn than what mine did thus ending the ability to relate and from there I could see why some people hated it but the way I looked at it to enjoy it was that either way I was watching the life of this person and being given the opportunity to see this new perspective.

When I lost the ability to relate with Mason on his journey i started to almost dislike him for certain things for some reason. When I watched this film I didn't feel like I was watching a movie I felt like I was going through life with Mason. Others may not be able to do that but I was fortunate enough to experience it like this.

In conclusion this is a really love it or hate it type movie. If you can relate to some experiences it can be very enjoyable but for others it can seem very boring and pointless. I can really see both sides but I definitely enjoyed the film and In those final credits I nearly teared up because I just realized what I had experienced. This is hard to explain but if you understand then you obviously get what I'm saying. I hope you don't waste 165 minutes of your life I hope you experience this film the same way I did if not more so. I hope what I said is helpful thanks for reading my review.


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