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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 ... 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

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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

Gross USA:

$25,352,281

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,495,281
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke's characters are billed as "Mom" and "Dad", respectively, their characters' real names are revealed to be "Olivia" and "Mason Sr." in the film. In real life, Arquette's mother was also named "Olivia". See more »

Goofs

A camera crew is reflected in the car glass, when Mason and his family leave in the new van. See more »

Quotes

Professor Bill Welbrock: I hate squash!
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Connections

Referenced in The Oscars (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

My Good Gal
Written by Ketch Secor
Performed by Old Crow Medicine Show
Published by Blood Donor Music
Administered by Spirit One Music
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions, Limited
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This is life!
15 February 2014 | by haveyouseenthisSee 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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