Written & Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
My Rating: 6.0
Worth: wait to rent it, you can multitask just pay attention to the changes in time, definitely multitask because it's 3 hours
The description of this movie on IMDb is as follows: The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to 18. That is the most accurate description the database has ever drafted. The film is like watching a home movie of a family of which you would not want to be a member. It is interesting to see actors age naturally and not with makeup, but not interesting enough to sustain my undivided excitement for 3 hours the way an excellent movie can. I've discussed my aversion to films that appear too "real" see Too Real for Comfort. It's a trend in filmmaking that is apparently here to stay. So clearly some people do enjoy it, and if that's you, then you'll love this. However, with the exception of Mason and his father, I found the acting awkward and uncomfortable. There was really no plot; Mason simply ages.
I did however, enjoy the concept. Linklater did an excellent job of incorporating topical technology, music, and pop culture. The film shed light on what (I presume) it is like to be an American teenager with divorced parents. Don't expect an ending, or for any person to be in a better place than where the film started. Simply watch the actors age and travel through time with a few decent lines of dialogue. It is an impressive accomplishment. They filmed every summer for 12 years, and that's impressive despite my criticisms.