Boyhood script
Boyhood (2014)
Synopsis: Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age comedy-drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. Filmed from 2002 to 2013 (12 years), Boyhood depicts the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans, Jr. (Coltrane) from ages six to eighteen as he grows up in Texas with divorced parents (Arquette and Hawke). Richard Linklater's daughter Lorelei plays Mason's sister, Samantha.


Mason lies awake in bed listening to his mother argue with


TED (O.S.)

Why can't you just say that?

MOM (O.S.)

I'm sorry. I don't want to go with


TED (O.S.)

You're sorry, that's bullshit!

MOM (O.S.)

That's right, I wanna stay here with

my kids. That's what I'd rather do.

TED (O.S.)

All right. Would you stop using

your kids as an excuse?!

MOM (O.S.)

I'm not using my kids as an excuse!

You don't even know-

TED (O.S.)

I know you have to stay here with

your kids! You're acting-

MOM (O.S.)

You have this immature life-

TED (O.S.)

And why do I always-- Why-

MOM (O.S.)

You have no responsibility.

TED (O.S.)

I have an immature life! I have an

immature life?


MOM (O.S.)

And I have responsibilities, okay,

you don't know what it's like to be

a parent.

TED (O.S.)

No, I don't! And why am I responsible

for your mistakes in life?

MOM (O.S.)

If you had any idea. You don't think

I wouldn't-


Mason peeks around the corner to watch as the argument



Don't call my kids mistakes! Don't!


I'm not responsible for your life

choic-- I didn't call your kids-


You said, "Your respons-- your

mistakes in your life," pointing at

my kids.


I know what I said, you know what,

and immediately you use your kids


Mason peeks through the doorway.

MOM (O.S.)

This is the reality: I'm a parent!

TED (O.S.)

That's, that's hysterical.

MOM (O.S.)

That means responsibility.

TED (O.S.)

I know you're a parent.

MOM (O.S.)

I would love to have some time to

myself! I would love to just go to

a fuckin' movie! You don't think

I'd like that?

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Richard Linklater

Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his humanist films which mainly revolve around personal relationships, suburban culture, and the effects of the passage of time. Some notable films of his include the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), and the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). In 2002 he began filming Boyhood (2014), a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim. Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. more…

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