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R| 2 hr. 42 min.

Plot Summary
The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Songs from Coldplay, Arcade Fire and other artists capture the time period. Directed by Richard Linklater.

Cast: Ellar Coltrane , Patricia Arquette , Ethan Hawke , Lorelei Linklater , Tamara Jolaine , Nick Krause , Jordan Howard , Evie Thompson

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

Boyhood (2014)

Release Date: July 11th, 2014|2 hr. 42 min.

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  • Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule. show more

  • I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time. show more

  • One of the most extraordinary films in decades, this family drama is also one of the most ambitious in scope, having taken more than a decade to shoot. Yet it comes across as effortless and unassuming. Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one. show more

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  • February 15, 2015 Patti
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    Sorry, just because someone has spent 12 years of their lives making this movie; doesn't make it a great movie or even a good movie. It is poorly edited. It is sadly lacking in an interesting theme. We have all been a child at some point. If only they picked one interesting aspect of this child's life to expand upon...every time I thought they were going to expound on an interesting moment it cut to another year. I know people myself, with more interesting life stories. It presented as a reality TV show - and a poor one at that.

  • January 06, 2015 jackd1207
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    On the one hand, shooting a movie over twelve years, and watching a 6 or 7 year old grow to an eighteen year old in 2 hours and 45 minutes is quite a unique feat. On the other hand, unless you're shooting a documentary, you need an interesting storyline. This movie was about as interesting as watching grass grow for 18 years condensed to 2 hours and 45 minutes. What a monumental waste of time and money.

  • December 29, 2014 Eileen
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    The critics must have been bought. This movie was not only boring at almost 3 hours, it was offensive, crude and ridiculous. The actors were terrible, the story line was absurd and I can't imagine why anyone would want to sit through a movie with cussing that gets worse by the minute. I don't see a movie to watch the characters use foul language and ridicule each other. Dysfunctional parents making their kids' lives lousy can be seen in every day life. Why waste good "film" and the same trash? I don't even like seeing these types of movies because I have little flashbacks involving the scenes and the cussing. Life is more than that to me and I don't want any part of it. Did I watch all of it? No. I left when the boys were at the cabin using language that never occurs to me, let alone actually use. I should have left when the 2nd husband was drinking and abusive and well before the bathroom scene. So, I didn't wait for some fabulous ending? No! I wish I had never seen any of this garbage movie.

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