First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

The first trailer has finally been released for Boyhood, a coming-of-age tale that took writer-director Richard Linklater (the Before Sunrise trilogy) 12 years to make. Linklater spent 12 years with the same cast to depict the life of a young man, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), from age 5 to age 18. Early reviews are raving, speaking on the film’s poignancy and emotional strengths. The trailer nicely demonstrates the film’s sweet and insightful tone without spoiling plot points, as trailers should. We can’t wait to see Linklater’s latest offering, especially after his last film, Before Midnight, made it onto our Top Ten Films of 2013. Check out the trailer then scroll down to see the film’s first teaser poster.

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.

Official synopsis for Boyhood:

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.


ETA: USA (Limited) – 11 July, 2014.