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A fictional drama made with the same group of actors over a 12-year period -- takes a one-of-a-kind trip, at once epic and intimate, through the exhilaration of childhood, the seismic shifts of a modern family and the very passage of time.
Drama - This is a nearly 3-hour drama that was shot literally over a decade,
tracing a boy's coming of age over a ten-year period. While the
lead, Ellar Coltrane, is an unknown, Patricia Arquette and Ethan
Hawke have prominent supporting roles as the parents. This is a film
for serious and art-minded moviegoers and fans of the stars and
director Richard Linklater. While centering on a young boy growing
up, adult themes and language make the film not for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent The simultaneously nourishing and corrosive effects of time make the film quietly moving and humble-seeming, despite its three-hour length and conceptual audacity.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Excellent There's an unfakable curiosity and vulnerability behind the young actor's dreamy, half-mast eyes. He makes you not only care about Mason but ache for him, and pray that everything will turn out okay...even after Linklater's camera stops rolling.
NY PostFull Review Very Good That's a niggling complaint for a such a heady film experience packed with so many telling details about life in the United States over the past 12 years — and one that makes you care such much about the struggles and foibles of its imperfect characters. It's one of the year's best.
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As the story begins, dreamy-eyed grade-schooler Mason faces upheaval: his devoted, struggling single mom Olivia (Patricia Arquette) has decided to move him and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) to Houston - just as their long-absent father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) returns from Alaska to re-enter their world. Thus begins life's non-stop flux. Yet through a tide of parents and stepparents, girls, teachers and bosses, dangers, yearnings and creative passions, Mason emerges to head down his own road.