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      Mud

      2013, Drama/Adventure, 2h 10m

      186 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy. Read critic reviews

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      While exploring a Mississippi River island, Arkansas boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter Mud (Matthew McConaughey),a fugitive who needs their help. Though Mud killed a man in Texas and has bounty hunters on his trail, he is most concerned about reuniting with Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), the love of his life. Ellis, who is suffering the pangs of his first crush, agrees to help Mud. He and Neckbone do all they can to protect Mud and help him reunite with Juniper.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Sexual References|Language|Smoking|Some Violence|Thematic Elements)

      • Genre: Drama, Adventure

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jeff Nichols

      • Producer: Lisa Maria Falcone, Sarah Green, Aaron Ryder

      • Writer: Jeff Nichols

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $21.6M

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      • Distributor: Roadside Attractions

      • Production Co: Brace Cove, FilmNation

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      • Apr 17, 2016

        A great teenage adventure movie with an intriguing plot and outstanding child actors. It sums up the childhood feelings of having a really exciting summer really well. The sudden burst of violence during the showdown seems a bit too much, but everything is perfectly solved after all. Satisfying, touching and really well done all around.

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      • Sep 07, 2015

        Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been hanging around on the watchlist for a while now.

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      • May 27, 2015

        In "Mud," best friends Ellis(Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone(Jacob Lofland) travel to their favorite island, with the promise that Ellis will be back in time to help his dad(Ray McKinnon) with deliveries. While there, they discover a boat in a tree before finding it lived in. Its occupant, Mud(Matthew McConaughey), seeks to cut a deal with the boys while waiting for news of Juniper(Reese Witherspoon). Ellis spots her in town before he makes quite the impression on May Pearl(Bonnie Sturdivant). With each movie he makes, Jeff Nichols shows improvement and with "Mud," he shows he can handle a complex narrative, with the help of a very good cast that also includes Sam Shepard and Joe Don Baker. But just as much, this movie meanders like the grand river where it is set, eventually setting on the usual cliche for its climax. That's not to mention also forcing the parallel between Mud and Ellis, instead of just framing this is as a boys' adventure intruding on an adult world.

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      • Sep 05, 2014

        Mud is one of the best, most original films I've seen in years. Its reminiscent of Stand By Me, Slingblade, and Huckleberry Finn. Its an unusual coming of age film; the title character Mud, played by McConaughey, never comes of age. He repeats the same mistakes time and time again, but the boys in the story do gain the maturity and wisdom that only comes from adversity. I like McConaughey in this grimy look much better than the romantic comedies he's been doing. Likewise, Reese Witherspoon is in a very unusual role here, and I like it. Some of this story is hard to believe, but that's not important. This is the kind of character-driven plot I would like to see Hollywood make more of. The moral of the story is: you learn some harsh lessons about life from revenge-driven relatives and inconsiderate teenage girls. Its a sad but true parallel situation.

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