Boyhood parents guide


The boyhood of Mason (as played by Ellar Coltrane), from age 5 through 18.

Overall B

Boyhood follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a child to a man. But this is not a documentary! Instead it is a fictitious story about a family (his parents are played by Patricia Arquettea and Ethan Hawke) that took 12 years to shoot -- and allowed all of the characters to age naturally.

Release date July 11, 2014

Violence C+
Sexual Content D+
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

Why is Boyhood rated R? The MPAA rated Boyhood R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use.

Run Time: 166 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Boyhood rated R? Boyhood is rated R by the MPAA for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use.

Adults argue with each other. Children and spouses are verbally and physically abused—a man throws things at them, threatens them and hits them. Bullying occurs, sometimes between children and sometimes between adults and children. Frightened children lock themselves in their bedrooms to avoid a drunken and abusive man. Teens play recklessly with tools at a construction site. Teens lie to their parents.

Sexual Content:
Sexual relations are implied between adults, as well as teen couples (one young couple is shown in bed together). Teens embrace and kiss. Youth engage in detailed sexual discussions using crude anatomical terms and language.

The sexual expletive and variations are used frequently. Scatological slang, profanity, cursing, and vulgar expressions are also included. Some ethno-cultural slurs are heard.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters drink alcohol frequently, and some characters are depicted as alcoholics. A drunken character gets a child to buy him more liquor—and the storeowner agrees to sell it to the minor. Characters smoke. Illegal drugs are used by teens (shown), and some are depicted as being high.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse and Sexual Language, Drug Use.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language.
Manitoba 14A Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Mature Theme.
Quebec G
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "Boyhood"

Cast and Crew

Boyhood is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Patricia Arquette, Ellar Salmon Coltrane, Ethan Hawke.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Boyhood movie is January 6, 2015. Here are some details…

Boyhood releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) on January 6, 2015. Special features include:
- The 12 Year Project
- Q&A with Richard Linklater and the Cast


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The challenges of growing up are also depicted in The Way Way Back, The Mighty and The Past.

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