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.

EXT. OUTSIDE SCHOOL - DAY

MASON waits outside his elementary school, laying in the

grass staring up at the clouds. In the distance, the school

door opens and Mason's MOM, Olivia, walks toward him.

MOM:

Hey, love bug. You ready?

He is quickly on his feet and they are walking toward the

car.

MASON:

Yeah. Hey, guess what, Mom?

MOM:

What?

MASON:

I figured out where wasps come from.

MOM:

Oh, yeah? Where?

MASON:

Well, I think it must be if you flick

a rock into the air just right, it'll

turn into a wasp.

MOM:

Dang...

MASON:

Yep.

MOM:

That's cool.

INT. CAR - DAY

Driving...

MOM:

So how was your day at school?

MASON:

Fine.

MOM:

Hey, I had a good meeting with Miss

Butler this time. I kinda liked

her.

MASON:

What did she say?

2.

MOM:

Well... she said that you weren't

turning in your homework assignments.

And I told her, "I know he does them,

'cause I check them every night."

She said she found a big chunk of

them crumpled up at the bottom of

your backpack.

MASON:

She didn't ask for 'em.

MOM:

Well, baby, she doesn't have to.

You're supposed to turn them in.

And she said you're still staring

out the window all day.

MASON:

Not all day.

MOM:

And she said that you destroyed her

pencil sharpener.

MASON:

Not on purpose.

MOM:

Wait, she said that you crammed a

bunch of rocks in it.

MASON:

I thought if it could sharpen pencils,

maybe we could sharpen rocks.

MOM:

(stifling laugh)

Well, what were you gonna do with a

bunch of sharpened rocks?

MASON:

I was trying to make arrowheads for

my rock collection.

MOM:

Hm.

She glances back at him, with an understanding sigh.

EXT. HOUSE/DITCH - DAY

Mason rides his bike across the front yard and heads down

the street. Soon he and his friend TOMMY are riding down

the embankment of a large drainage ditch.

3.

EXT. DITCH - DAY

Mason runs up, as Tommy is spray-painting a drawing on the

concrete wall of the drainage ditch.

MASON:

Dude, when's my turn?

TOMMY:

I don't know.

Tommy hands Mason the can of spray paint. Mason begins to

spray-paint a letter on the wall.

SAMANTHA (O.S.)

(calling out)

...Maaason.

TOMMY:

Samantha!

SAMANTHA:

Oh! Tommy! Is Mason down there?

TOMMY:

Yeah.

SAMANTHA:

Well, tell him he has to come home

for dinner.

TOMMY (O.S.)

Okay.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Mason lays on the floor watching a cartoon.

There's a knock at the door, and Mom comes out to answer it.

It's TED.

MOM:

Hey.

TED:

Hey, sweetie. Why aren't you ready?

Hey, Mason.

MASON:

Hey, Ted.

TED:

Come on, come on, hurry up. Let's

go.

4.

MOM:

What time is it?

TED:

It's nine. Let's go, let's go.

MOM:

Okay, I meant to call you, 'cause

Janice flaked out. I don't have a

sitter.

TED:

Why didn't you call somebody else?

MOM:

Well, I can't get a baby-sitter now,

it's nine o'clock. But you're welcome

to hang out with us.

TED:

Well, no. I mean we have plans.

The guys are expecting me.

MOM:

Well... you can go.

TED (O.S.)

All right. Yeah, well, I'll come

back in a couple of hours. Is that

okay?

MOM:

Yeah. Yes.

TED:

All right.

MOM:

It's okay.

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

The kids lie on either side of Mom, as she reads a story

aloud to them.

MOM:

(Reading)

"Turn back! Turn back! I don't wanna

talk to Moaning Myrtle." "Who?"

said Harry as they backtracked

quickly. "She haunts one of the

toilets in the girls bathroom on the

first floor," said Hermione.

"She haunts a toilet?"

(MORE)

5.

MOM (CONT'D)

"Yes, it's been out of order all year

because she keeps having tantrums

and flooding the place."

"I never went in there anyway if I

could avoid it. It's awful trying

to have a pee with her wailing at

you."

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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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