played and her current boyfriend have an

played
by Ethan Hawke, whom Olivia is separated from, portrays the cool, just “go with
the flow” type of parent. He drifts in and
out of their lives and refuses to ascend towards the responsibilities of adulthood
until later on in the film. As one event rolls into another, the film’s point
of view will embody these qualities as time unfolds.

            In the opening scene of the movie, there’s a close-up of
Mason (age 6) lying on the ground, the camera is set in a crane shot directly
above him. It shows that he’s just a normal child just as any of us
have been. We’re then
introduced to Mason and his mother at school. Mason has recently been
distracted during class and hasn’t been turning in his homework. As the two
engage in the conversation, there is a close-up on Mason and we’re able to tell
that he is wondering why there is a reason for everything that everyone else
deems necessary to be done. The age of this movie definitely shows through the
music and technology throughout the duration of the film. Later on Olivia and
her current boyfriend have an argument about how she never has time for him
when reality is, she’s a full-time mother. Mason is awake in his room while the
argument is taking place. In the following scene, Samantha is taunting her
brother while singing Britney Spears’ “Oops I Did It Again”, and just like any
other American family they have a little sibling fight. Later on, Olivia
mentions moving to Houston, Texas to make a better living for herself and the
kids.

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            As we see the character’s leaving their home for
the last time, in a long shot, it allows us to see the characters and all their
belongings in front of their house. It looks as though we were standing right
across the street watching them pack and leave. When Samantha is on the phone
with her friend, Mason’s friend Tommy is on the other line and Samantha tells
him Mason can’t play due to the fact that they’re moving. You can see the
disappointment on Mason’s face and I believe director Linklater intended for us
to become emotionally invested at this point. As they 

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