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Who's seen Boyhood?

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LowSlungCarbing · 23/01/2015 11:06

I think I want to, but I want to know how much it will make me cry. (Mother of boys, quite emotional even on a good day.) I have my eye make-up to consider

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MerdeAlor · 23/01/2015 19:07

I've seen it, very few emotional points IMO, your mascara should be safe Smile

Seriouslyffs · 23/01/2015 19:11

I have. I was underwhelmed I'm afraid! It's a great idea and beautifully executed but it's too episodic and I was too interested in how the characters are changing and ageing to get very involved.

LaurieFairyCake · 23/01/2015 19:13

I thought it was amazing and very moving but not in a cryie way

I thought it was a masterpiece

Eastpoint · 24/01/2015 01:55

I really enjoyed watching them grow up & change. I'd watch it again

ArsenicFaceCream · 24/01/2015 02:30

I cried. I never cry Sad

I was sad for a week afterwards too Sad Sad

Beautiful, understated film.

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HeartsTrumpDiamonds · 24/01/2015 02:42

Beautiful film. A few scenes that were tough to watch. I didn't find it sob-worthy, but then I have girls.

I would recommend it.

JapaneseMargaret · 24/01/2015 03:07

It's about a brother and a sister. I kind of wonder why it was called Boyhood, and not Childhood, but I understand he wanted a central figure, and fair enough.

I love Richard Linklater films and was so looking forward to this. I blub at the drop of a hat (cried at the final of Miranda the other night Blush), but didn't cry at this. I was a bit disappointed. The most upsetting/moving story line was the mother's.

I felt the the boy's story line was a nice one, nothing more.

lljkk · 24/01/2015 03:52

I managed 20 minutes & turned it over! (Aeroplane)
Although I loved the spiteful siblings, I would have turned over faster without them.

Rollergirl1 · 24/01/2015 08:12

I was underwhelmed. Great idea though.

AllMimsyWereTheBorogoves · 24/01/2015 08:22

I thought it was brilliant. I cry at anything so I probably did get slightly moist eyed at points but not unduly so. I agree that the most moving storyline is the mother's, but then most of us commenting here are mothers, I assume.

I wouldn't agree it's about a brother and a sister. The focus is definitely on the boy far more than the girl after the early years.

I suspect your response might depend partly on your own stage of life. I remember going to see Toy Story 3 with my two children close to the point when they would be going off to university. I was a wreck. Now they are both about to graduate. My husband and I are far less involved in their lives, which is as it should be, and I think this makes me a lot less susceptible to storylines about growing up and leaving home.

DreamingOfAHotDrink · 24/01/2015 20:43

We thought it was fantastic, it is worth a watch.

Wordsmith · 24/01/2015 23:53

Have just finished watching it. Abso-bloody-lutely fantastic.

Wordsmith · 24/01/2015 23:54

And yes, reminded me of Toy Story 3 too

roamer2 · 25/01/2015 22:07

I think it was a male view of childhood - with a lot of time for the father (despite the mum spending more time with them) and the father had an upbeat ending whereas the mum's story was very disheartening

AlpacaPicnic · 28/01/2015 21:00

I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting to, but in terms of 'things that happened' it really was just about people's lives as they grow up.
I suspect, and I have said as much on another thread, that it's getting awarded for the sheer dedication of film making that it took.

thecatfromjapan · 28/01/2015 21:06

I loved it. Stayed with me, intensely, for weeks afterwards, colouring my thoughts. It did make me sad, though not in a crying way, but also very happy.
Reminded me to cherish the moment - and the people we love when we are with them.
I think it's a masterpiece too.

ImCatbug · 29/01/2015 11:12

I love it, it was beautiful. But it was quite sad at parts, yes. Not 'burst into tears at the end' sad (and I cry at most movies), but it was quite melancholy at parts.
Like others have said, it stayed with me for a while.

flipchart · 29/01/2015 20:32

I enjoyed it. The first fifteen minutes or so I wasn't so keen but I got drawn in. I loved Ethan Hawk and Patricia Arquette. I liked the concept.
Like you OP I am a mother of boys and I found myself reflecting on my parenting choices.
I would recommend it. There's dramatic twists or turns , it's just a life journey.

Dancergirl · 01/02/2015 18:16

I missed it when it came out, is it still on?

How long is it, about 3 hours??

LatinForTelly · 03/02/2015 12:22

Yes Dancergirl, its 2 3/4 hrs I think.

I've just seen it. I found it very poignant, rather than a tearjerker, and agree that the mother's story was immensely moving. I liked all the main actors.


I kept thinking about the step-siblings and what happened to them. I was surprised that the children were so balanced and successful, after a lot of upheaval in their lives, but thought the love of both their parents (after a flaky start from the father) was very moving, and the message that this might be the most important thing was an uplifting one.

I thought the final scenes sketched out the sense of the power and possibility of youth brilliantly, and that did make me a bit sad and wistful.

lionheart · 03/02/2015 17:17

Really didn't like it much at all. Mostly because the boy, I thought, was very uninteresting. Didn't like the way he was played --bland, mumbly, minimalist. And I couldn't help but wonder whether this was to do with the actor rather than a desire to depict a certain moody teenage mode.

If you choose a child and return to him over and over and that is an integral part of your project, you might come a bit unstuck if he peaks at 10.

The parents held my attention, though, especially the mum.

Qwebec · 03/03/2015 21:14

amazing movie. Very real.
It made me feel the discomfort that deep down I don't really know what I am doing or why I am here. Just doing the best I can.

Lonz · 05/03/2015 23:31

I watched this because I have a son and thought it would be a nice "mumsy" film to watch. It got me a bit when he was leaving for Uni and his mum was crying. It also reminded me of my childhood, with her second husband, that got me as well.
It was a good film but the ending... I was expecting something more.

AnyFucker · 05/03/2015 23:36

I loved it. It made me a bit teary at times, but it was the exquisite ordinariness of the film that was outstanding. I thoroughly recommend it, and even if you are a crier it isn't an out 'n' out sobfest at all.

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