Richard Linklater (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
As his Before... trilogy perfectly illustrated, Richard Linklater is a film-maker obsessed with time - both its passing and the difficulty of ever truly capturing it on film. With the extraordinary Boyhood, the story of a young American every-boy (Ellar Coltrane), shot at intervals over 12 years with the same cast, the director comes closer than ever to achieving the impossible. Tracking Coltrane up to the age of 18, the film is told not through births, marriages and deaths but the moments in between, casually punctuated by cultural milestones like midnight Harry Potter book launches, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the wave of optimism that swept Obama to his historic first presidential term. Elevated by fantastic performances all round - especially from Patricia Arquette as the boy's quietly heroic single mother - and told with Linklater's trademark generosity and lightness of touch, Boyhood is an epic of the everyday, as uplifting as it is universal.


A boy goes through a series of changes in his life, beginning as a six-year-old facing a reunion with his estranged father and a move to a new house. As he grows up, the youngster deals with further upheavals that shape his view of the world. Richard Linklater's drama filmed over the course of 12 years, starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke.

Cast & Crew

Mason Ellar Coltrane
Mason's mother Patricia Arquette
Mason's father Ethan Hawke
Samantha Lorelei Linklater
Tommy Elijah Smith
Professor Bill Welbrock Marco Perella
Mason's grandmother Libby Villari
Mindy Jamie Howard
Director Richard Linklater
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Universal Pictures Int (UK)Guidance: Swearing, sexual references, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jul 2014