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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

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Mom
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Ted (as Steven Prince)
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Teacher
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Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
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Mindy
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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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Trivia

The film began production as "The Untitled 12 Year Project" and then became just "12 Years". But when the film was finished, Richard Linklater changed the title to Boyhood (2014), to avoid confusion with the similarly-titled, Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave (2013). See more »

Goofs

When the kids are eating with their father at the bowling alley, their dad puts a cigarette in the holder and reaches into his back pocket to pull out his wallet. The camera angle shifts over his shoulder as he slides a bill across the table and the cigarette is no longer in the holder. When the camera angle shifts back again as Samantha takes the dollar, the cigarette is right back in the holder. See more »

Quotes

Professor Bill Welbrock: You don't like me much, do you Mason?
Professor Bill Welbrock: That's okay, neither do I.
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What Is Life
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Written by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison
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A Movie About Nothing
18 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

I never heard of the movie Boyhood until it won a Golden Globe for best picture and was nominated for several Oscars, so I watched the DVD.

Movie of the year? The critics must be kidding! I understand the uniqueness of shooting a few scenes every year for 12 years, but the end result should be entertaining. Boyhood is not.

I'm a huge Seinfeld fan, the TV sitcom purported to be "a show about nothing". In fact, each episode was about something, be it a whale, a puffy shirt or a Chinese restaurant. Boyhood, on the other hand, is REALLY about nothing. It follows a boy slacker from age 5 to 18. The only character who is in any way endearing is his dad, played by Ethan Hawke. I never developed a connection to anyone else in the film.

Think of the most boring family you know. Then, imagine sitting on your butt for two and a half hours watching their home videos of the past 12 years. That's Boyhood. Plus, the method by which it was made is its own downfall. There are few logical segues from one choppy scene to the next. You rarely see resolution of various conflicts along the way, as you would in a drama. Instead, you are abruptly hurtled on to the next year for another pointless, often depressing vignette in the lives of a family of losers.

Who cares? The only reason I gave Boyhood 3 stars rather than one is the frequent appearance of the awesome GTO that belongs to the film's director and writer, Richard Linklater. That car is the only cool thing about Boyhood. The rest of it should have been left on the cutting room floor. Don't get sucked in by gushing critics, undeserved awards or excessive hype. It's not worth your time.


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