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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 165m 36s

Release date 11/07/2014

Ratings Info strong language, sex references, drug use

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Richard Linklater

Cast includes Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Libby Vallari, Barbara Chisholm, Marco Perella, Brad Hawkins, Tamara Jolaine, Zoe Graham, Sam Dillon, Nick Krause, Shane Graham

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 01/07/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BOYHOOD is a US drama, filmed with the same cast over a period of 12 years, showing family life as the children grow into young adults.


Frequent use of strong language ('f**k' and 'motherf**ker'), as well as milder terms such as 'shit', 'asshole' and 'bitch'.


Strong verbal sex references, including to oral sex. In one scene, boys look at images in a catalogue showing women in underwear; in a later scene, older boys appear to look at internet porn, although no strong detail is visible.


In one scene, teenagers are shown sharing a joint; later they are shown eating 'hash brownies'. The drugs are never explicitly referred to, and the film as a whole does not promote drug misuse.

Domestic violence is implied when a crying woman is found lying on the floor, suggesting her husband has hit her, although the violence is not shown. The husband, an alcoholic, is shown at a family meal, drinking heavily, shouting and smashing plates. He also drives recklessly when drunk, scaring the children he has in the car with him.

One scene includes a brief clip of real life news footage, showing events in Iraq. This includes sight of vehicles on fire and some dead bodies strung up in the background. They are not shown in close-up detail.


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