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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unique, affecting, mature drama about life and growing up.

Movie R 2014 166 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 12+

Growing up pains

if you like coming of age stories this is perfect.
age 13+

Great family movie, good themes. Bring a bit of nostalgia amongst adults “What I did it for?” But open true questions around how you want to experience your life, its challenges and what to do with emotions but in a subtle way. A bit of swearing, alcohol, drugs but nothing that a 13yo would not have seen elsewhere.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (40 ):

Director Richard Linklater accomplished something truly visionary with Boyhood. Over the course of 13 years, beginning in 2002, he filmed Coltrane each year, whenever scheduling allowed, adding to the script a bit at a time. The result is a true existential experience, a masterpiece. It's not driven by plot -- it can't return to pick up past plot threads -- but rather by life itself.

But Boyhood is far from a mere reality show. Linklater's thoughtful dialogue abounds, and the characters are constantly thinking and asking questions about their lives. Certain memories are never recovered (the promise of a GTO), and losses are never regained (the fate of the step-siblings), but characters learn from mistakes and pain and continue to move forward. The film has dozens of magical, memorable moments, from the early description of how wasps are made to a special Beatles mix CD. It's nearly three hours long, but it moves by nearly as quickly as life does.

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