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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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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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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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Trivia

Scenes that take place within Pedernales Falls State Park (Johnson City, TX) were shot illegally. Permission was granted to shoot, but no filming fees were ever paid and the portion of the river in which the actors are seen swimming has been closed to the public for swimming since 1977 (due to approximately 25 drownings that occurred in that area between 1971 and 1977). See more »

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Camera shadows sporadically appear in some points of the movie. See more »

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Professor Bill Welbrock: I hate squash!
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Referenced in Meryl Streep: Shut the F*ck Up (2017) See more »

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Try Again
Written by Timbaland (as Timothy Z. Mosley), Stephen Garrett
Performed by Aaliyah
Published by WB Music Corp., Reservoir Media Music/Black Fountain Music
Courtesy of Blackground Records
Under license from Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
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Life at its most audacious
3 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

There is something people should know before watching this movie, and that is that it takes place from 2002 to 2014. I grew up in that same generation, so as I watched this movie I felt like I was growing up all over again seeing the references to pop culture, society, politics, middle school, high school, and technology. It was incredible to experience that. And even for those who weren't children growing up in those 12 years will still feel a sense of going back in time. There was not one moment that I thought wasn't needed. In fact, I and the rest of the audience wished there had been more going on.

The plot is very simple: what does it mean to grow up, become an adult, and live? And as the years go by, it becomes apparent that Mason (the main character) is struggling to find his place in life. Though there are a few struggles he encounters and some thematic material, overall the movie is hilarious and real. From Richard Linklater's previous films, I've noticed that the dialogue all feels real (to a point where I feel like I'm interacting with the characters). And it is so well done in this film.

Speaking of Linklater, I see an Oscar nomination for directing coming his way. As he sat down for Q&A on Boyhood, one of the things he said that struck the audience was that he thought it was funny that people who saw "Boyhood" told him he improved as a director. This was funny to him because one of the first rules he made before filming in 2002 was that he could not change as a director for the sake of the movie to have no continuity errors (especially so the tone didn't change). The only improvement going on is the superb acting from Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and (of course) Ellar Coltrane.

With probably the best ending I've ever seen for a movie and a story guided by a talented director, "Boyhood" is the most powerful and unique coming-of-age film ever made and it will be proclaimed as a classic for the years to come.


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