Education Blog

From Child to Adult in 163 Minutes

By Lori Zakalik, Marketing Assistant 07.17.14

One of the most talked about films of the summer, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is a cinematic experience unlike anything that has come before it. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, it follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up before our very eyes – Coltrane is six years old at the beginning of the film and 18 years old at its conclusion. A lot happens in the 2 hour and 45 minute epic, but none of the film’s drama is anything out of the ordinary. Linklater focused on what most films tend to pass over, average days in the life of a main character. The film feels so authentic, people may wonder if Linklater and his camera followed an average American family for 12 years and recorded their everyday life. There are times when you feel a growing anticipation that something bad is going to happen, and maybe in a big Hollywood blockbuster something would happen, but not in Boyhood. We watch Mason take risks and come out unscathed, we watch him go to school, talk to girls, fight with his sister and his parents, and live a life which probably seems all too familiar to many of the film’s viewers. And yet somehow, every minute is exciting and holds your interest, making the 163 minutes fly by.

Linklater’s use of pop culture cues are a wonderful addition to the film and help add to the feeling of authenticity. Whether it’s the inclusion of a popular song of the time, or the in-demand toy of the year, the film is full of blatant throwbacks to early 2000s pop culture that anyone who grew up during that period will appreciate. But what’s really special about this film is that you didn’t have to grow up in the early 2000s to connect with Mason and his family and start reminiscing about your own childhood. The film’s themes are universal and as such, this film will be universally loved.

Also starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood opens at the Burns on Friday, July 25. And we’re holding a special screening of Boyhood followed by a Q&A with actor Ellar Coltrane and New York Times critic Janet Maslin on Tuesday, July 22 at 2:30 pm.

Don’t miss the film the New York Times called a “tender, profound film…a series of meticulously textured and structured scenes set to the rhythm of life.” Tickets are on sale now.