Boyhood: we were selfish, heartless kids and we never even knew it – The Guardian

The reviews of Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age film have so far focused on parenthood – but what does it mean to the younger generation?

Originally published on The Guardian on 17th February 2015

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is likely to win the best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday. Critics have been praising it for months, but more than the usual plaudits, it’s inspired a spate of uncommonly personal reviews. So far these have been focused on the experience of fatherhood, but what about the viewpoint of those who are Mason’s age? What does the film mean to them?

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