What Boyhood film tells us about teen philosophy

In Boyhood (2014), filmed over 12 years, Mason is the main character. At age 18, he tells his girlfriend that they’re being turned into cyborgs by being lost in social media, losing their humanity. He deletes his Facebook page to show his independence. He’s been called an existentialist, not having religious beliefs, finding meaning in his photography and love for his family. The last scene shows him the first day of college hiking in a majestic canyon with his new friends after eating a marijuana brownie, expanding freedom.

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