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At Theaters: 7/18/2014 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600364
Studio: Ifc Films
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Patricia Arquette FAST FOOD NATION, HOLES, LITTLE NICKY
Ellar Coltrane Feature Film Debut
Lorelei Linklater WAKING LIFE
Ethan Hawke GETAWAY, THE PURGE, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, SINISTER
Director: Richard Linklater BERNIE, FAST FOOD NATION, A SCANNER DARKLY
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Production Notes Heading
Playing With Time
Boy
Mom
Dad
Shifts
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PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 21 S-words; 3 GD's; many others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and marijuana use, including by teens.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Suggestive comic lines and cute kid humor.
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Roger Ebert Full 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 Today Full Review
Excellent Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one.

Entertainment Weekly Full 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 Post Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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