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Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.



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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. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. (c) Sundance Film Fest


Bonnie Cross
as Teacher
Sydney Orta
as Elementary School Girl
Marco Perella
as Professor Bill Welbrock
Shane Graham
as Neighborhood Friend #1
Tess Allen
as Neighborhood Friend #2
Sharee Fowler
as Book Trivia Judge
Mark Finn
as Book Release Emcee
Holly Moore
as Mason's 4th Grade Teacher
David Blackwell
as Liquor Store Clerk
Jennifer Griffin
as Mrs. Darby
Garry Peters
as No Obama Man
Savannah Welch
as College Girl Singer
Nick Krause
as Charlie
Derek Chase
as Charlie's Friend
Angela Rawna
as Professor Douglas
Megan Devine
as Make Out Girl
Roland Ruiz
as Enrique
Richard Jones
as Grandpa Cliff
Tom McTigue
as Mr. Turlington
Martel Summers
as Beer Pong Guy
David Clark
as High School Band Singer
Zoe Graham
as Sheena
Richard Robichaux
as Mason's Boss
Will Harris
as Sam's College Boyfriend
Bruce Salmon
as Guitar Player
Wayne Sutton
as Beat Box
Joe Sundell
as Band Member 1
Sean Tracey
as Band Member 2
Ben Hodges
as Band Member 3
Daniel Zeh
as Band Member 4
Chris Doubek
as Guy in Diner
Andrea Chen
as Sam's Roommate
Mona Lee
as High School Teacher
Bill Wise
as Uncle Steve
Alina Linklater
as Twin Cousin 1
Charlotte Linklater
as Twin Cousin 2
Genevieve Kinney
as Woman at Party
Elijah Ford
as Jimmy's Bandmate 1
Kyle Crusham
as Jimmy's Bandmate 2
Conrad Choucroun
as Jimmy's Bandmate 3
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  • Feb 22, 2017
    Many thought this movie was boring. I don't watch movies just to be entertained. I don't need car chase scenes or guns or superheroes. I also watch movies to learn something, or to get insight into another life or another culture, so I enjoyed this movie. What held my interest was the dysfunctional family, and seeing how the mother handled abuse. I did not see warning signs of these evil men when the mother was dating them, so she didn't seem to be one of those idiot-women who let themselves be shoved around by some ogre-of-a-man. I experienced an emotionally abusive husband (he was never physically abusive), so I'm so very curious to see how other women handle this. I had wonderful parents, so it was hard for me to understand what the kids were going through. I tried to put myself in the kids' shoes, and wondered how I would handle such a bully of a father. I'd like to think I'd say, "Go away, you slob!" and report him, but easier said than done. A good film won't depict a character as all good or all bad, so as a kid, you're confused when they are kind. Abusers apologize a lot and give flowers. At first, I wondered if the the father was just disciplining the kids, making them do their homework and chores. You do have to get on kids. Then it went too far. I was glad when the mother took her kids out of the abusive home. I wanted to shake the daughter who whined because she now didn't have her own room and had to go to a different school. Teens can be so very self-absorbed. It made me wonder if I was this selfish when I was a teen. Ethan Hawk's character was interesting. He seemed hyper, always "on" with his inner pistons going full throttle. While he was a screw-up when he was young, he had a kind heart and matured throughout the movie. His latest wife calmed him. It was interesting to me to see the aging process all in one movie. I was surprised the boy was solid and light-haired as a young boy, then extremely skinny and black-haired as an older teen. He went from 'average kid' to 'super cool dude.' All in all, this movie did what it sought out to accomplish - showing an ordinary life of a boy.
    Amy A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This movie was always predicted to be a masterpiece. With a filming schedule that expanded over 12 years, how could this movie not be the most interesting thing ever. Well, the movie is good, but is it the best movie of 2014? No. Not at all. Many things in this movie are great for example the performances by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette are flawless. Ellar Coltrane who plays the young Mason takes his time to find the right perspective of the character, but that was only to be expected as he, literally, grew during production of the film. The movie, however, have some really sloppy moments. At many points, the script doesn't seem like it was thought through and you get the feeling that Richard Linklater just wrote the script without knowing what direction he wanted to go. His directing, however, is almost flawless, as he really gets the emotion in this young boy and his parents and captures the perfect escence of what makes this family what it is.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2015
    A charming drama that amuses and captivates the audience and takes them on a journey of growing up, love and heartbreak. Fantastic cast and beautifully done!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2015
    Excellent. This was a fantastic film, and honestly I would have been happy if this had won Best Picture. It definitely would have deserved it. Boyhood is a far superior film to Birdman.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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