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American drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. With nothing else to do for the summer, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) take to exploring the banks of the Mississippi where they find a boat nestled in a tree. As they begin making plans to use the boat, they quickly realise that someone is living in it and it isn't long before they're introduced to its owner, Mud (McConaughey). A relationship forms between the three and Mud promises to let the boys have the vessel if they continue bringing him food and help him reunite with his lost love, Juniper (Witherspoon). But when they agree to help, they soon realise that Mud is a wanted man and that a gang of bounty hunters are in hot pursuit...

Starring:
Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon
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Mud

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker, Paul Sparks, Tye Sheridan, Bonnie Sturdivant, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard
Director Jeff Nichols
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 September 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker, Paul Sparks, Tye Sheridan, Bonnie Sturdivant, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard
Director Jeff Nichols
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 September 2013
Main languages English

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES] on 17 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
A coming-of-age story, set on the banks of the Mississippi River, that manages to be both thrilling and spiritually profound. Two adventurous Arkansas boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), discover a dilapidated boat wedged high up in a tree on a small island. Setting their sights on making it their own, their plans are scuppered when they meet the mysterious Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a heavily superstitious fugitive with crosses nailed in his boots and a winding snake inked on his arm, who is living in the boat. He is back in town to reconnect with his true love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Ellis feels an immediate kinship with him and his quest, and the boys set about helping fix up the boat. As his parents' relationship suffers at home, and Mud's dark past resurfaces, Ellis's life begins to change irreversibly as he takes his first tentative steps away from childhood.

Mud may be the titular character but this is very much his and Ellis's story - two naive romantics who believe in love in the purest, traditional way and as a result suffer in its volatile hands. McConaughey is remarkable, emanating an eerie tranquillity that masks a burning anger - every second he's on screen, time seems to slow to the speed of his protracted metrical speech. Despite his enormous presence, it's the performance of young Tye Sheridan that really stands out for its naturalism and impressive range. Every emotion that courses through him has an intense authenticity, making every experience we share thoroughly moving.

This is a sentimental film that touches on melodrama, and isn't as nuanced as it may initially appear - but is no less worthy or absorbing because of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. MALTBY on 13 Mar 2014
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I really like this film. I have been a fan of Matthew McConaughey since I saw him in A time to kill. Not everything I've seen him in since has been up to that high standard but there is a lot to like about this film. If I were to make a comparison then I would say it is a little like a southern whistle down the wind without the religious element.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sep 2013
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Two lads come across a man hiding out on an island on the Mississippi.
the man says he is waiting for someone, then telling them it's a long
lost love who lives in the nearby town on the mainland.
He's soon asking them to bring him food and parts to help him get the
boat which is currently lodged in a tree, working.
The man tells the boys to call him 'Mud'(Mathew McConaughey)
The boys soon realize that their new friend is on the run and attracting the
attention of both the law and bounty hunters.
'Ellis'(Tye Sheridan) and 'Neckbone' (Jacob Lofland) form a trusting friendship with the stranger and
try to help the man they now know as 'Mud'
Who is this man ? what crime has he committed ?
This for me is the best role I've seen 'Matthew McConaughey play...so far.
a film that tells of trust, truth, fantasy and friendship, a touching tale,
well worthy of a viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon on 5 May 2014
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The boy - Ellis - risks everything for Mud and Juniper because he believes - rightly i think - that they really love each other. His friend Neckbone needs the promise of a reward to give him a reason to get involved, but our hero, Ellis, needs nothing but the thought that he is helping a good man and a good woman who love each other triumph over the dark forces that seek to keep them apart. The character of Ellis - the boy who is already a good man (the boy who knows that love is what really matters) - is an original and important one, and the performance of Tye Sheridan captures it very movingly. The story is told very unselfconsciously and confidently - both the cinematography and the acting are beautifully suited to it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Com on 9 July 2013
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Mud is a movie of unexpected pleasures; both the boys are outstanding; Reese Witherspoon is great (although not quite as fabolous as Nicole Kidman in the Paperboy); Mcconaughey is once again excellent; the scenery and cinematography are a pleasure and the story is wistful, uplifting, real, sad, shocking, funny and everything else you could wish it to be. We drove 40 miles to see it at the cinema and it was worth every minute of the trip. Settle back and enjoy the show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By luckynickd on 19 April 2014
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Don't let the somewhat uninspiring title put you off...this an excellent story, well acted and although not edge of the seat gripping, it draws you in and you get to know even the more minor players in the story.

Well worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny on 14 July 2014
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film because it wasn't just another in your face, all action American movie, but one based on the theme of love and friendship, and concentrated on characterisation, atmosphere and gentle storytelling. The film portrayed life in Arkansas for two teenage boys during the summer and it was nice to see a different part of American culture which is not often portrayed on screen and the relative poverty that exists. Also, it was nice to see teenagers back to basics embracing nature and to see a movie which portrays warm and loving parents/carers of the boys despite the meagre circumstances of their lives. I was impressed by the acting of the 2 boys and surprisingly impressed by the acting of Matthew McC. However, my one criticism would be that on the odd occasion the dialogue was too heavily accented and mumbled for an international audience and I never did grasp what was said despite replaying a particular scene several times to try to listen to a particular sentence again.
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